Witnessing to Silence 2004 Bronze, Water Feature, Pavement Stone, Laminated Ash and Stainless Steel. Foley's artwork relates to the land and includes Australian botanical and historical references, exploring dialogues bw past and present in Aust cultural expression. The work focuses on external forces of nature, change and regeneration, reminds us that nature is a dominant force that can govern peoples' lives.
Fishbones are like wings, lined up, evoking the fish spine. These artworks honour and evoke memories of Mackay’s maritime history and act as a marker to the wharf precinct. Inspiration for these works was drawn from history - the Yuibera people were noted by early settlers for their fishing prowess. However, bones necessarily evoke death - those who have passed on, or were ‘dispersed’. Mackay’s history includes incidents in which local Aboriginals were killed.