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Tales from the Bush is on show at Mundaring Arts Centre until April 3.

Local exhibition shares bush tales

By Morgan de Smidt 

TALES from the Bush is the result of Kalamunda teacher and artist John Eden’s passions colliding.

Making new discoveries while exploring the Perth Hills on his bike motivated Eden to capture the stories of those who went there before him.

“Cycling was an obsession of mine before COVID came along and being a teacher full-time it was easier to take a bike ride to wind down after work than paint,” he said.

“For the last 10 years I have tried to explore areas that I’ve not been to before, I’d get bored of riding the same circuit around Kalamunda.”

Eden began seeking out different routes and during adventures on his bike, discovered remnants of those exploring before him in the native bushlands which reignited his passion for painting outside of the classroom again.

“I’m never the first person there, there has always been someone there before me, there are signs of car tracks or someone dumping rubbish.”

The exhibition is split into two distinct halves, one wall of works was created using items found at each of the sites including dirt, rust, resin, and charcoal and one wall of coloured works created using acrylics and spray paint.

Through Tales from the Bush Eden transports viewers to sites including Mahogany Creek’s car graveyard, Sir Paul Hasluck’s Swimming Pool, and the former Barton’s Mill Prison.

QR codes to geolocations accompanying the exhibition enable viewers to experience each place for themselves.

“My obsession for going out there is because I always want to find more,” he said.

“Everyone needs a bit of adventure in their lives.”

Tales from the Bush is Eden’s third exhibition which is on show at Mundaring Arts Centre until April 3.

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