The vessels that she creates endeavor to draw attention to some of the issues that tend to be ‘out of sight and mind’ away from the hub and gravity of the city and east coast.
Her works raise questions about the lives of the original indigenous inhabitants of the rocky hills and river country around Broken Hill. Their descendants now live in more permanent settlements such as Menindee and Wilcannia. Many of their skills such as weaving and much of their story has been lost.
Ann has spent many years exploring the Barrier Ranges near Broken Hill. China fragments and other remnants found around old mining settlements are incorporated into vessels reminding us of the lives of the early women who followed their men into this harsh land to face untold hardships.
Environmental campaigns are often fought around the more visible and heavily populated parts of Australia. Ann attempts to alter this focus by weaving a desert story using the native vegetation of arid Australia. Her vessels contain a sense of the fragility of this environment and its waterways.