Kerry McInnis's new work focuses on an unassuming small waterway, Whiskers Creek, that makes its way through the hills of Carwoola, in the Canberra region, emptying its scant water into the Molongo River.
"My current body of work focuses on this creek, its eroded banks, its tight ecosystem, and ultimately, its survival. It is typical of the small waterways that meander through the dry sclerophyl lands of the Canberra region. It is impermanent, with small billabongs and pools that lose their contents to the summer heat. It runs ferociously during the rains, etching new courses along its banks and washing away the gold dust that used to be collected here during the depression. This creek runs through the land where I reside, and it has been my muse for the 35 years I have lived here. I will miss this little rivulet when I move away. It has been my constant and generous companion. This exhibition is a farewell, a celebration, a tribute to Whiskers Creek" - Kerry McInnis, 2019.
McInnis's work has been exhibited in numerous art awards, including the Archibald Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Norvill Art Prize, Kedumba Drawing Award and the Dobell Prize for Drawing. She is a past winner of the Wingecarribee and Bega Art Prizes. Her work is held by the National Library of Australia, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Bundanon Trust, Australian National University, Goulburn Regional Gallery and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Kerry McInnis is the winner of the 2019 Salon des Refusés, Holding Redlich People's Choice Award, with her portrait, Drawn In Steel (Harrie Fasher).