CHAPTER 18

Dan McPharlin

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Artist: DAN MCPHARLIN 
18" x 24"
7 color silkscreened poster on cougar natural cover paper

The Australian Bush has been mythologised for centuries. It is a place of haunting beauty but also of strange occurrences and unexplained disappearances.

This is exemplified in Joan Lindsay's novel ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ which was made into a film in 1975.

The plot of the novel centres around the disappearance of a group of teenage girls from a local boarding school in the 1960’s. The girls suddenly vanish without a trace while on a Valentine’s Day picnic from the site of an enormous rock formation. The book is often discussed due to its vague ambiguous ending.

Lindsay’s original draft included a final 18th chapter which was not published. It explains the fate of the missing girls in a series of surrealistic events. I thought I would interpret this final chapter in my own way, offering an alternative explanation where the girls experience a moment of transcendence and board a strange vessel that whisks them away to another dimension.

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