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#106 ‘Motive’ Behind The Curtain

Voiceworks #106, ‘Motive’, contributors tell us what motivated their work, pictured by their favourite detective. You can read the entire issue by purchasing a copy from our online shop or by waltzing into one of these fine retailers.

Fiction

Mick Dignam (my grandfather)

Mick Dignam (my grandfather)

Chloë Reeson

The Neighbourhood Dogs

‘The Neighbourhood Dogs’ is about unspoken complexities in the search for queer identity. When Peta and Leah’s flawed relationship finally ends, Peta is forced to confront the fact that, unlike the dogs that populate the park across the road, she has no idea what her place in the world actually is, queer or otherwise.

 

 

 

Dale Cooper

Dale Cooper

Hayley Francis

Bee Sting

‘Bee Sting’ came out of an obsession with Blade Runner, a conversation about banana lollies and the desire to write a fierce female protagonist. The result is a story about a girl fighting oppression, but it features some sweet fight scenes and robots too.

 

 

 

Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot

G.E. Young

Becoming 

‘Becoming’ is about noise. The soft moan of a kettle. The howl of a child. The static of a mind. Audrey is a mother, wife and woman whose actions resist the expectations placed upon each of these roles. I wanted her to scream, but ultimately she doesn’t see the point.

 

 

 

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Dylan Thomson-Barney

Salt Boy

When a plane crash brings a stranger into Salt Boy’s isolated desert community, an uneasy tension begins to build between the two outcasts. This story owes its setting and its tone to the hot, alien landscapes of last year’s long drives back home.

 

 

 

Lisbeth Salander

Lisbeth Salander

Emma Kate Lewis

Itch

‘Itch’ is about mosquito bites and swimming in freezing freshwater creeks. It’s also about the discomfort that occurs when changes take place, both within and around us. I was motivated to write this piece by an overwhelming urge to scratch.

 

 

 

Lucy Pevensie

Lucy Pevensie

Nikki Wilkinson

Dust Pools

‘Dust Pools’ is a dreamy fusion of memories and people from my childhood, woven together to create an insight into life in the outback. I have always found the barren landscape and brooding farmers of the country fascinating, and decided to capture this through the eyes of my younger self.

 

 

 

Javert

Javert

Madeline Bailey

The Encyclopaedia of Wild Things 

This piece explores how imagination restructures reality. By positioning the child narrator as a conscious, complex agent in the story, it aims to destabilise adult ways of knowing and portray learning as a dynamic project. As agency arises when information is interpreted and interacted with, identity is powered by invention.

 

 

 

Poetry

Shaft

Shaft

Saaro Umar

the archivist line at the kebab shop

‘the archivist in line at the kebab shop’ is about all the boys who have done me wrong and my insatiable gullibility. It was inspired by a conversation I had with my sister about the madness of modern dating and all the ways I fall prey to it.

 

 

 

Sugar (my dog, who always uncovers the most unlikely and disgusting detritus to eat whenever I take her for a walk)

Sugar (my dog, who always uncovers the most unlikely and disgusting detritus to eat whenever I take her for a walk)

Perri Roach

confessions of a teenage gorgon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishbone

Wishbone

Aaron Searcy

Mawson Outpost, Antarctica

I wrote ‘Mawson Outpost, Antarctica’ watching a free webcam feed set up by the Australian Antarctic Division on antarctica.gov.au. The poem is a response to exploration in that cold place, the tragic fate of Douglas Mawson’s Far Eastern Party that first attempted it, and the deep strangeness of the live-streamed frontier.

 

 

Salma (the Malaysian equivalent of Nancy Drew)

Salma (the Malaysian equivalent of Nancy Drew)

Zhi Yi Cham

idle

‘idle’ was written in one of those stretched-out seconds where each moment of acute loneliness is recounted and analysed. It is a numbness and an all-too-much induced by a series of ‘how did I get here?’ I’m still looking for Muliyadi.

 

 

 

 

Harry Lockhart

Harry Lockhart

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat

New Town

A series of impressions walking to and sitting in a cafe in Newtown, Sydney. What does gentrification look like from the position of one who is right in the middle of it? And what is the meaning of being there, right at its thickest part?

 

 

 

C. August Dupin

C. August Dupin

Jeremy Nadel

Love in the Pig Empire

The form of ‘Love in the Pig Empire’ was inspired by Carol Anne Duffy’s dramatic monologues, and the subject matter by Peter Carey’s short stories. Duffy paints the thoughts of morally grey narrators and Carey depicts patriarchal and classist manifestations of personal and political worlds colliding in his characters’ sex lives.

 

 

George Smiley

George Smiley

Benjamin Meurs

Queen Victoria Sepulchre (The Meat Market)

This poem considers the history of the Queen Victoria Market, built upon a nineteenth-century cemetery. Today the market is a vibrant hive of movement and noise. Yet, the meat hall remains imbued with a morbidity to which we have become desensitised. I hope to restore to a more sinister aspect to this everyday setting.

 

 

 

Monty (my miniature schnauzer, who looks for leftover food anywhere and everywhere)

Monty (my miniature schnauzer, who looks for leftover food anywhere and everywhere)

Michael Stratford Hutch

Overextension

A central condition of personhood is the knowledge of our boundaries—the edges of human character beyond which lie unpredictable thoughts, feelings and actions. Who knows what we’re capable of? What conditions, for instance, would make me kill my husband of twenty-five years? At what point do I become the hysterical, murderous bitch of myth? I guess we’ll see.

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction

Bargearse

Bargearse

Alex Griffin

A Walk in the Garden of Acclimitisation

I spent some time in the middle of this year re-reading Voss and thinking about how Australian landscapes are written, before realising I was an idiot and I couldn’t even name ten of the birds in the city I grew up in. In trying to figure that out, I learnt a lot about the algal consequences of stocking rivers with non-native fish, the logistics of kookaburra transportation, and the fecundities of funding Edwardian era zoos—as well as the fact that all three of those things were, and remain, immanently moronic pursuits.

 

Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot

Sherryn Groch

One Thousand Steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-12-29-at-11-28-59-amJack Francis Musgrave

My Bung Leg and Me

 

 

 

 

Stella Gibson

Stella Gibson

Jillian Tan

How to Dress Right for Your Body Type

‘How to Dress Right for Your Body Type’ explores self-representation and queer identity. A simple photograph and the haunting memory of a dress serve as motivation to process past trauma, and to understand the self as individual and relational.

 

 

 

Ace Ventura

Ace Ventura

Angus Dalton

I Ink, Therefore I Am

My piece has its roots in a fear of octopuses generated by a far-too-close encounter with an irritated blue-ring when I was younger. That fear morphed quickly into fascination when I recently caught the gaze of a captive Maori octopus called Medusa—or rather, she caught mine.

 

 

 

Doc Sportello

Doc Sportello

Alberto Di Troia

Homo Italiano

‘Is there a fate worse than being gay and Italian?’ ‘Homo Italiano’ draws on my own big fat Italian identity crisis to show how one might navigate the minefield of modern identity, culture and belonging through a prism of pop culture.

 

 

 

 

Visual Art

Tintin

Tintin

M.A. Ricafrente

Kuyashii Still Life

Kuyashii (悔しい) is a Japanese word that describes the burning desire to prove someone wrong, prior to failure or ridicule.

 

 

 

 

Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot

Zoe Boyd

Don’t Tell Her

‘Don’t Tell Her’ was created during a time when I was researching dissociation disorders, auras and psychic abilities for a zine. It sprung from those ideas swirling around in my head.

 

 

 

 

Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget

Claudia Chew

Growing

I drew this after an interview for a job, which I ended up getting! Drawing was a way of relaxing myself. Around that period, I was also working on finding my own illustration style. I found inspiration from Jeannie Phan’s cleverly thought out composition, Maria-Ines Gul’s carefree, sporadic brushstrokes and Sha’an D’anthes’s cohesively laid out textures.

 

 

Dale Cooper

Dale Cooper

Camilla Eustance

Saturdays after diCorcia and Duras

Based on a diCorcia photograph seen at the Whitney, I painted this during a long summer day in a Toronto apartment. I love that the scene encapsulates the idea of motive, yet is so ambiguous. The melancholy man, ft. goldfish, is going somewhere, but it is up to the viewer to guess where, and why.

 

 

 

Olivia Benson

Olivia Benson

Brigit Lambert

Contact

‘Contact’ depicts a woman peering at something out of sight, surprised by what she’s seen. There is a mystery behind what she has seen and why she is so shocked.

 

 

 

 

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket

Gabby Loo

Wanna Hang

‘Heyy, I miss you, wanna hang? xxx.’ I wretch, then impulsively text back, ‘yes’. This grainy piece was initially drawn with ink in a drunken haze. It’s an honest reflection upon past manipulative relationships. Specifically, with notorious f-boys and their invitations to late-night closure. From either side there are motives, may they be honest or hidden.

 

 

Comics

Eduardo Gaff

Eduardo Gaff

Finbah Neill

Greenhouse

‘Greenhouse’ is a vignette of the company of houseplants, shyness of shopkeepers and simple acts of kindness. The shop itself is based on a lush little shop in Newcastle called High Swan Dive. The plants, living and dying, are the ones around my own house that make the place feel alive and never lonely.

 

 

 

James Gordon

James Gordon

Harry McLean

The Library of Babel

Three years ago I wrote this comic with a connector pen on a scrap piece of paper and it included a joke about Derrida. I redrew the comic this year in the State Library of Victoria to escape Melbourne’s cold winter.

 

 

 

Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot

David C. Mahler

We Connected Across a River, Through Vast Space, Just the Two of Us

My comic is about the web of connection we all find ourselves drifting through. I waved my hands with her for less than a minute. But we shared a connection that left us both laughing with happiness and understanding. I never even saw her face.

 

 

 

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