Deb Peart, Honorary conservator
What year did you join CAM: 2019.
What you enjoy most about volunteering for CAM: The excitement of discovery and the variety of curious interconnecting challenges that crop up while working with the CAM collection make working/ volunteering interesting.
A favourite item from the collection: Clifton Pugh, The Crab Catcher, 1958, oil on composition board.
Why you’ve chosen this item: The Crab Catcher tugs at a deep level. I put it down to an interest in the work of Clifton Pugh during my student days. With the abstracted, naked crab catcher strongly entwined in the rocks and immediate environment, large hands outstretched, there is a sense of full participation, yet a vulnerability. Pugh’s close up, intimate depictions of the Australian bush appear to capture the essence of one’s felt experience. The character of the Australian bush is there. Memories of childhood experiences are intensely evoked by the imagery, limited colour range, paint layering and loose brush strokes.
Clifton Pugh, The Crab Catcher, 1958, Oil on composition board.