Ramy and Paul Witzig, Cactus

John WITZIG

Accession number 2015_02
Artwork title Ramy and Paul Witzig, Cactus
Date of work 2015_02
Credit Line / Acquisition Information Gift of John Witzig 2015
Display Height / Width 600cm x 400cm
Artwork Statement

In the mid-1970s, my brother Paul, his wife Marianne, and their young son Ramy were living near Point Sinclair in South Australia. It’s west of Ceduna, on the Great Australian Bight. Surfers had named the area Cactus. Paul had gone there first in 1966, and six years later he bought 1,200 acres of what was arid salt lake country for $4,000.

In 1973, while they were filming a surfing documentary called Rolling Home, Paul and a group of friends stayed for three months, and built what would become their first house when they moved there to live. It was made almost entirely with scavenged materials. It was beautifully sited in the coastal heath, and to describe it as primitive was to understate the situation. I found it wonderfully romantic.

Credit Line / Acquisition Information Gift of John Witzig 2015

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