Tarkine in Motion is appearing as a collaborative exhibition in Jugglers Art Space from Friday July 1 to Wednesday July 13 2016.
Johathon Sri & Tasmanian Photographer Arwen Dyer will be opening this Tarkine in Motion exhibition at 6pm on Friday July 1, 2016 - the exhibition will be open 10am - 4pm every day.
The Tarkine in Motion exhibition catalog is shown below.
threnody for felled giants
chainsaw joins the tune
Who is the master gardener
of this surreal autumnal sculpture park?
In hushed awe, I walk down avenues
strewn in gum and blackwood leaves:
fallen but not deciduous.
Timorously treading the soft beige
and copper peppered carpet,
past dark Herculean figures,
my senses reel before gaping jaws
of sinuous black forms;
a fluted baleen whale;
a lunging prehistoric head
with vacant eyes and flaring nostrils.
On every side, dismembered limbs
and languid bodies
recline within a toppled temple
of obsidian obelisks.
But the crowning glory
of this eerie sequoia world
are the tall black pedestals
spouting bright green ornamental fountains;
mature tree ferns silently, imperceptibly,
shooting forth their vivid fronds
above curlicue brown skirts.
I wander further
into a time-warped wonderland
of fallen gods;
through glades of tangled wiry hoops
and freshly springing bracken.
Suddenly, my feet subside
through scorched red earth
to hidden cavities below,
where combusted roots of gum trees
once held firm.
I kneel bewildered, giddy,
beneath a towering giant:
broad, powerful, commanding… mute.
Dwarfing the copper-headed forest,
it’s charred feet give way to pale torso
and white truncated, lifeless limbs,
still reaching for the clouds.
An ancient being;
now awaiting reassignment
in other roles and forms
within the master gardener’s
Lots of our artists have submitted photos from the 2016 Tarkine in Motion - some are works of art and some are snapshots around the campsites.
A selection of the photos are shown here, and more will be added as artists finish their work and send photos in.Read more
The Tarkine in Motion project has filled me with an array of inspiration, creativity and a ever growing love and connection with our natural environment. I told my dear friend Sam Fenton about the project and he was more than happy to be part of the experience too!
Sam and I have in the last few years been artistically collaborating , creating textural, 3D and intuitive nature based paintings together..
For Tarkine in Motion we decided to continue to unite our creative forces, packing Sam's tiny car with lots of art supplies and sharing camera gear to capture the places we were amongst.
We spent our Tarkine time in rainforest and river country, first at Corinna with the rivers and waterfalls then deep in the Myrtle Rainforests at Que Road camp with the old trees and breathtaking variety of fungi.
We set up temporary 'forest' studios where time passed as in a dream, embracing our connected unity with the environment whilst the inspiration flowed through us and onto paper through a range of mediums. We also spent time with the lovely Zennie McGloghlin from Melbourne who also shared with us these magical experiences. We all had so much fun!
Although it was great to easily access the Myrtle rainforests at Que Road the one thing which has felt very bitter sweet for us is the knowledge that the only way we were able to be there was through logging tracks, for in the next few weeks/ months these ancient trees are scheduled to be selectively logged into disarray and a huge loss of bio diversity.
All in all we have had an amazing experience being part of Tarkine in Motion. Also in meeting many wonderful artists who were part of the adventure, roaming through the forests, mountains, rivers and coasts. Every time I close my eyes I still see the rich colours and textures of the forest and feel a renewed sense of self...
From deep in our hearts- Thank you Takayna!
Tania Slapar-Koman and Sam Fenton
Nicole Anderson guided three groups to this magnificent sacred site during Tarkine in Motion 2016.
This area has had illegal motorbikes go over it in the past. Thankfully they stuck to the tracks while we were there, however my understanding is these tracks are currently closed.
This is a spectacular midden and stone quarry beset within a powerful coastline. Each group were blessed with beautiful light amongst changeable weather. A truly sacred place deserving of respect, understanding, celebration and protection.
Poetry and photos by Nicholas Iceton and Diana Kaminskaya...
The Tarkine mirrors us our heart beat.
Ancient echoes between microscopic footsteps
Timeless space within creation of life
Eternity of rhythm and security of interconnection
Our cells open to re-nature
We re-member our calling and perceive our place
in the birthplace of mystery.
by Nicholas Iceton
The whispers of Que by Diana Kaminskaya
A bed of green velvet is laid beyond you
Hold in your breath! Let the time take two
Let eyes see the wonders of all hues of green.
The air is thick and the silence is thin
Step slowly, you'll see, that each layers has keys
to the heart of the being in which you stand free
Sink into the ground, unravel your roots
Your place within space is no longer so true
Each branch is a ladder to cosmos beyond
You walk within worlds of creation of all
Let legends get told through the hushes of wind
Each leaf is a page from the story within
You walk among wisers, so ancient so tall,
They wisper of times in which they were born
Your heart fills with joy beyond measures of all
Remembering treasures of this beautiful world.
Phillip England uses a 19th century photographic process known as tintypes or ferrotypes to produce images in the field with his travelling photographic darkroom.
The effect on landscapes and portraits is something old-world, other-world, and sometimes spooky... decide for yourself as you look at some of his work...
For more information on what Phillip does and how he does it, take a look at his website: www.tasmaniantintype.com
Saturday night finally arrived at Que Rd rainforest camp after near taking the Corolla down the wrong forestry Rd, which could have led to a bogged vehicle in remote country with no mobile access.
The rainforest was delightful, old Myrtles, Tree Ferns and Moss a world of deep greens and browns. Slowly and gradually we met the other artists with relaxed and content demeanours, some of whom were playing musical instruments, a gentle drum, guitar and flute.
Shelley (Cusiter) told us she would shortly be performing a fire dance for the forest which is unfortunately scheduled to be logged this year. We sat on a log while Shelley gave an intense, mesmerising trance like Fire dance, expressing both strength and support for the forest and also grief for the logging.
I photographed the dance in low light without flash. Unusually for me using the natural light created by fire.
Coming back to Melbourne after spending time in the rainforest I feel a deep sense of peace, as if the forest has soaked into me.
I’m sure this will wear off as I get back to work, and then sadly I realise that this forest will soon be gone and I won’t be able to return.
I think all the artists at Cue River shared this sadness.
This sombre mood was perfectly expressed by Steve Ward’s performance on his dream drum as everyone prepared to leave on Monday morning.