'Chapter 18' by Dan McPharlin.
18 x 24" 7 colour silkscreened poster on cougar natural cover paper. Part of the Mythos exhibition & print series. Available here.
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.
From Wikipedia: The plot focuses on a group of female students at an Australian women's college in 1900 who inexplicably vanish at the site of an enormous rock formation while on a Valentine's Day picnic, and also explores the outlying effects the girls' disappearance has on the community. The novel has been oft discussed and debated due to its inexorably 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.