Orange-Footed Scrub Fowl
Lithograph & chine collé
23.8 x 31.8 cm
Marina Strocchi’s lithograph Orange-Footed Scrub Fowl serves as a visual tribute to an
emerging Top End icon. Known for its distinctive late-night mating call and vibrant orange
feet, the pervasive scrub fowl has only recently become a familiar feature of Darwin
suburbia, and particularly so for its determined scratching in domestic garden mulch.
Proving to be a constant source of amusement and fascination, it was two resident Charles
Darwin University scrub fowls that inspired this work. They foraged through the Northern
Editions garden where Strocchi and Wayne Eager were creating etchings and lithographs
during a print workshop on campus in December 2006.
In her affectionate illustration of the bird, Strocchi alludes to elements of nature art by
depicting the fowl in its fossicking mode and omitting all contextual reference. Furthermore,
the velvety marks of the wax crayon used to create the image are clearly visible and are
unique to the lithographic process of drawing on Bavarian limestone. The texture produced
is not dissimilar to that of a pencil drawing and attest to Strocchi’s adept skill across many