Claypans – Dorothy Richards

Size: 30 x 30cm; already framed acrylic on linen canvas

Catalogue Number: 228-20


Dorothy Richards celebrates the intelligence of nature, in particular this artwork depicts desert claypans. They are shallow, temporary lakes that form after rainfall. The soft sediment means that water is held within the claypan. After the rains stop the top layer of fine silt starts to dry out and crack into odd shapes in the hot sun. The colour varies from browns to greys with salty edges. Like the salt lakes, they crust on the surface as the water slowly evaporates. This water source is highly valued as it nourishes the desert flora and fauna.