Boronia Library

Murals, 2022.

Client: Knox City Council
Producer: David Hagger
Photographs: Ian Neo, Carla McRae

A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead.
— Caitlin Moran

Blocks of colour, rectangular and geometric, depict books in heaving, leaning stacks. The blue arched forms, borrowed from the bookends used inside Boronia Library, are like portals or doorways. Abstracted daffodils float through the composition, a tribute to Mark Strizic’s artwork, also found within the library. Figures are busy, engrossed in activities. Reading and listening, chatting and learning, accessing the computer, or just ‘being’ — the books and portals of the library embrace the figures in soft motion - like a drifting and wandering mind, open to the possibilities of connection and expansion.

I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded. I pay my respects to Elders past and present.