Impressions of Cradle Mountain; an exploration of place

 An exhibition of jewellery, photography, printmaking and sculpture, February 2017. Sidespace Gallery, Hobart

I was awarded a Drombrovskis Wilderness Residency Grant by Arts Tasmania to undertake a two month residency over the winter of 2016 in Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. This exhibition is the direct response to the explorations physically, conceptually and artistically that were undertaken whilst living at Waldheim nestled amongst the King Billy Pines.

To get to know a place deeply I need to walk alone; to discover the hidden moments and to hear the stories embedded in the landscape.

I hear the rocks move, see the glaciers grow and retreat, watch the evolution of plants, acknowledge the old people walking the land, sense the early explorers, witness those striving to preserve this place and I feel its vulnerability.

 As time passes and my senses attune to my surroundings I slow down. It is then that I can hear all the quiet whispers join together to become the song of the land.

A Slow Wander #8. Sterling Silver pendant/brooch mounted and removable on photograph 

A Slow Wander #8. Sterling Silver pendant/brooch mounted and removable on photograph 

A slow wander around the lakes

Have you ever touched these trees as you walk past Crater Lake, Wombat pool, Lake Lilla and Dove Lake?

This series are of a Sterling Silver pendant/brooch that is removable and wearable mounted on a photograph of the tree that was imprinted.

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Continental drift # 3

Continental drift # 3

Continental drift

Once this land was part of a supercontinent, the lands breaking apart and drifting away. Nothofagus gunnii  Tasmanias only deciduous tree, it tells us stories of Gondwana when the land was in darkness for many months of the year. 

Lino prints with water colour detail with removable Sterling silver jewellery.

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Gondwana #9.  Anodopetalum biglandulosum (Horizontal)

Gondwana #9.  Anodopetalum biglandulosum (Horizontal)

Gondwanan and paleo-endemic Species

Theplants in this landscape tell an ancient story, the ferns, conifers and flowers plants tell the most ancient story of all. Most of these are precious paleo endemic, existing only on this island and have very little resilience to the frequency and intensity of fires that threaten this landscape. 

Sterling silver cameo pendants 

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Passing Snow Flurries

Passing Snow Flurries

Walking the Glacial Landscape

 The rocks tell the story of ice hundreds of meters thick, scouring the rocks creating the landscape itself. Nantucks pierce the sky, rocks are ground down and the sound of the creaking and groaning of the ice puncture the silence of the night sky. As the glaciers retreat they leave behind the moraines, the lakes, the kettle holes and grooves on rocks.

A series of photographs. click here to view

Sterling silver Pencil Pine Chain

Sterling silver Pencil Pine Chain

Vulnerable Landscape

A collection of jewellery exploring vulnerability of place as a result of the impact of fire on the landscape and gifts for Kate and Gustav Weidorfer who strived to preserve this place for future generations

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