Jo Mcintyre

Creative Artist with an eye for the environment and a streak of humour.............

PROTECTING THE KIMBERLEY

Feeling strongly about something gives me loads of energy to try and work out how to portray it. In the past few years many of my ideas and images have been in response to the alarming speed with which the mining and gas industries have expanded their research, exploration and development work.

It was in 2008 when Andrew and I were living in Broome that people suddenly became aware of a proposal to construct for a huge LNG processing plant at James Price Point on the Kimberley coastline. This would include a 7k jetty and would make it possible for leases for coal, uranium and other resources to be successfully exploited.

I spent all 2009 working on this environmental and social art project. At the time I became too obsessive, too emotionally close I suppose, but now I’m very proud of the ideas and images that I brought forth.

I wanted to develop visual imagery to show the impact of large-scale industrialization and development on one of the last remaining wilderness areas on the planet. My focus was the massive LNG Processing Plant to be constructed by Woodside Petroleum and backed by the West Australian State Government at James Price Point, only 60k to the north of Broome. As there was little factual information available I had to draw heavily on research and imagination.

To show the beautiful, good things that what would be lost I came up with the idea of a “perfect egg”: an organic, interlocked, fragile and beautiful whole… a unique, irreplaceable entity which heavy industry would crack, break and destroy.

To show what it would be like in the aftermath of the introduction and development of heavy industry I threw myself into working out how to make striking images that would touch and influence people. I felt so desperate and bleak and angry I was a little surprised to find that I often used humour and satire as my chief weapon of visual protest.

If you look at them in order you’ll find a pictorial narrative.

To view the gallery in sequence please use the play button located at the top of the image or alternatively use the forward and back button to view at your desired pace.

Integrated Wilderness
Integrated Wilderness
Inter-dependencies are ancient and precious. (Mixed media 2009)
  • Integrated Wilderness
    Inter-dependencies are ancient and precious. (Mixed media 2009)
  • Queen of the Night
    This beautiful owl will not survive, along with many other animals and plants. (Pastel on paper 2009)
  • Golden Aspect
    The Kimberley wilderness is a unique place where humans have barely left an imprint over thousands of years. (Pastel on paper 2009)
  • Belonging
    A strong sense of community will not survive large-scale industrialization. (Pastel on paper 2009)
  • Ancient Rock Stories
    An ancient land, its past available for study by future generations. (Mixed media on paper 2009)
  • Creative Forces
    A tangible creative energy bubbles like champagne in the Kimberley air. (Watercolour on paper 2009)
  • Sweet Clarity
    Perfectly clear Kimberley night skies are truly “awesome”. (Watercolour on paper 2009)
  • Sea Brooch
    Undamaged reefs enrich a uniquely diverse marine eco system. (Watercolour on paper 2009)
  • New to Town
    The WA State Government and Woodside set their sights on James Price Point north of Broome for the construction of the gigantic LNG Processing plant for gas extracted from the Browse Basin, a resource estimated to last for less than 50 years. (Charcoal and ink on paper 2009)
  • Getting Closer
    James Price Point is finally selected as the LNG Precinct site without consideration or costing of the obvious alternative; the piping of the gas to the already heavily industrialized Pilbara region of WA, to the south of Broome. This collage incorporates a photograph of James Price Point kindly donated by Rod Hartvigsen. (Mixed media collage 2009)
  • Under Attack
    As the first cracks of excavation appear on the pristine Kimberley coastline the sacred snake of the Aboriginal people recoils in terror. (Collage 2009)
  • Closing In
    There’s no escape now. (Mixed media 2009)
  • Permanently Scarred
    When the Browse Basin LNG is exhausted and vast tracts of the Kimberley coastline are covered in concrete, this beautiful, pristine, fragile wilderness cannot be restored. (Mixed media, some sections burned 2009)
  • Kmberley Crying
    Ancient rocks on the Kimberley coastline mourn the loss of their land. (Oil on paper 2009)
  • Once Were Dragonflies
    The “New Look” Kimberley coastline. (Charcoal and pastel on paper 2009)
  • Wrecked Habitat
    A formerly untouched marine eco system stressed beyond endurance. (Acrylic and pen on paper 2009)
  • Taking the Air
    A classic exercise in futility. (Mixed Media 2009)
  • Employment Opportunities
    What types of jobs will be suitable for and available to local Aboriginal families. What exactly will they be? Why should local Aboriginal people have to lose their land in order to receive opportunities and services that the WA government automatically provides to others? (Pastel on paper 2009)
  • Fly In Fly Out
    There goes the community. (Charcoal and pastel on paper 2009)
  • Sunday Outing
    How many local Aboriginal people will indeed benefit from the construction of the LNG precinct and the loss of their land? (Pastel on paper 2009)