The animation, ‘Ode to Clarence’ (which won the prestigious 2018 JADA prize at Grafton Regional Gallery) is a hand drawn and painted animation created during a residency at Grafton Regional Art Gallery in 2016. At the time, Grafton was undergoing a significant change due to the construction of a new bridge connecting the North and South of the town. This new construction has been in development for nearly thirty years and aims to replace an existing bridge, which is no longer suitable to the towns needs. However the existing bridge is of significant heritage status and charm, being one of only two of its kind in the world. There is a bitter-sweetness to this town’s progress as it watches the new concrete pilot structure grow alongside the beautiful iron bridge that it has both loved and loathed for many years. In this animation, a man arrives in town carrying a tiny piano. Falling in love with the bridge, he plays his piano on the banks of the Clarence River while the new bridge is constructed. Like Nero fiddling while Rome burnt to the ground, ‘Ode to Clarence’ explores changing rural identities and our relationships to them.