Writing on the wall

Dr Christian Thompson AO2019

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

I work as an artist, academic and virtual reality filmmaker, connecting my own experiences to wider social, cultural and political contexts. As a Bidjara person of the central Queensland desert, I have often drawn a vivid connection to the environment throughout my twenty-year practice. This self-portrait references the collective anxiety and uncertainty of the climate threat that defines our times. The title is a well-known colloquialism for a situation both impending and unavoidable. Cascading wattle blossoms act as a ticking clock. Utilising my signature native botanical elements, I disappear into the constellation of flowers – beautiful, regenerative, and ephemeral.


  • Title: Writing on the wall
  • Creator: Dr Christian Thompson AO
  • Date Created: 2019

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