'Intrepid Travellers' (2010) from Matthew Quick's series Introduced Species.

'Intrepid Travellers' (2010) from Matthew Quick's series Introduced Species.

Taking inspiration from watching artist Matthew Quick design and paint this work, as well as the story behind it, my orchestral work for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra began to take shape.  Matthew Quick has painted a series of incredible works titled Introduced Species depicting beautiful backgrounds with arresting and juxtaposing 'introduced' images which tell an often complex story. My work, alongside the background story to this painting, explores the Trash Vortex (North Pacific Garbage Patch) in the context of the near 29,000 bath toys that fell from the Ever Laurel cargo ship in 1992.  The piece was premiered this year by the MSO / Dollman and also introduces various 'extra' elements to the music.