I’ve just returned to Hobart after a fantastic couple of days sharing the Tarkine in Bendigo. I was really lucky to be involved with such a beautiful bunch of passionate people that have donated so much time and energy into creating the events that occurred there over a couple of days.
There was a pop up exhibition of photography, painting and jewellery in Dudley House. I estimate about 150-200 people wandered through the exhibition over the two days that it was up. The opening was well attended and I did two artist talks over the weekend where it was lovely to share my story.
On the Sunday there was a BBF stall in the Festival of Cultures in Rosalind Park - a hive of activity and colour.
There were two screenings of the Documentary Tarkine in Motion and both were very well attended with both Venues feeling very full and around 90 people got transported into the place and met the people who were part of the project.
In all places there were so many conversations about this sacred place inspired by the imagery from this place. Many people inspired to visit the Tarkine and to lend their voice and energy to protect this place. My utmost thanks and gratitude goes to the others who made this happen, Phil Robertson, Emma Wasson, Rosemary Glaisher and Liz Martin and a number of others who volunteered their time and resources to help make a great weekend happen.
Cyanotype photogram series
Takayna/Tarkine in Motion 2017
Julius River Rainforest walk
Wandering through this ancient forest I fell in love.
The experience was all encompassing, sight, sound and smell combining for an exhilarating feast of the senses, food for the soul.
The foliage was omnipresent and I focused on the predominant forms and features surrounding me.
During my travels I collected botanical specimens that I then used to create a series of cyanotypes.
The samples were later exposed in the sun and washed in river water collected from the site.
A splash of alchemy, art and science merging as one.
Michael Gay has sent in some of the photos he created in the Tarkine - from Norfolk Range, Julius River, Donaldson River, Rapid River and the west coast.
It was war
and the giants fell
despatched by a scadgett,
take this coupe and make of it
a timber soup says the Forestry,
so a yellow machine
with a saw and a claw
tracks its way bulldozerish,
and the man inside
with a job and a plan
cuts the elders and shoves them,
claws them into a pile,
the ‘log landing’.
Then the leaves leave
the birds go
the possums, gliders and marsupials go
and what was it I heard last night
from the snugness of my tent?
voice high in a tree,
a faint reply further out,
all these creatures go
but where is their refuge?
Horizontal now, the Tarkine giants
are a bleaching cracking abandoned
with a rubbish pile of bones high at the back,
in the middle of a forest where few set foot,
not since it was called “takayna”.
Are we the last to have Tarkined here
shouting as we swam in the freezing Frankland River,
skipping stones or glimpsing
a brook trout flee across
the shallow pebble bed?
the last to watch the wedge-tailed eagles
soar above a pebble picnic
where we drank cocoa
and fed out souls
through our very pores?
Tarkine in Motion 2017
*FR41A & B are the names of the coupes that are due to be logged - again
Donna Lougher has sent in these photos from around the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge - "of the amazing Scott Jordon (pizza maker extraordinaire) with Kate in the gazebo kitchen. And the inspiring host Maree Jenkins with Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation Leader and guide, David Gough."
Great Pizza Chef Scott Jordon - Gazebo, TWL
Scott Jordon with Kate Bartlett - Gazebo, TWL
Kate Bartlett - General Helper Extraordinaire - Gazebo,TWL
Scott & Lyn Jordon - Pizza - Gazebo, TWL
David Gough & Maree Jenkins - Great Gums Track TWL, Meunna
Nicole Anderson - Tarkine In Motion 2017
April 20 at 8:02pm
The most impacting moment for me was when I witnessed Jarrod Edwards, palawa ranger for takayna, and Theresa Sainty and Rocky Sainty, sharing their country with people all joining together in this event to protect her. Meditating on this, a poem came to me...
Returning are my people, free
Healing battle scars, yes, some won't fade
Marks of invaders
Hard hoof, hard hat, guns, barbed wire
Alien forms, machines, wildfire
Returning to find gentle memories
Shrouded by time, by sand, by foliage
Marks on rock and tree
Resilient hands, minds, land forged tenacity
My familiar forms, enduring with me
Returning are those who see
Life perpetual between sands and snow
Not by blood but by spirit, kin
Make your mark
Living culture, art, song, custodian
The work of human hands, takayna coast.
Extensive rock pits and furrows, takayna coast
Jarrod Edwards showing the Arthur River group some of the boulder beach constructions common along the takayna coastline.
Palawa ranger Jarrod Edwards of Kings Run
Jarrod Edwards with the Arthur River group walking country at Kings Run
Living place under tussock and native spinach. Rich growths of native vegetables abound in this extensive Living Place. What a marvellous way of living. takayna coast
Rocky Sainty providing our cultural interpretation at laraturunawn/Sundown Point
Tarkine in Motion 2017
"water dances with reflections
the stillness is sublime
birds sing their songs of joy as the light beams shimmer
the peacefullness resonates all around
air so still and clean
eyes shut and I breathe
deep and long breaths
Takayna whispers her secrets ....
Memories etched ...
Peace settling deep
My soul ignites"
Tarkine in Motion 2017
Final night at Frankland River camp during Tarkine in Motion 2017, photos by Samuel Bell.
Thank you to everybody who made this whole experience ‘pozible’!! What a fantastic opportunity it was to not only document the Tarkine through my art but also to learn about the controversial issues surrounding this culturally sensitive region.
It is my intention to document my experience through a series of paintings on my return to the studio.
I was based at Arthur River and spent much of my time in the wild coastal areas (Couta Rocks, Bluff Hill Point and Edge of the World) and also in the nearby rainforest on the Balfour Track.
I had originally planned to record my visual memory in the form of photographs and some sketches, however I experienced every artists nightmare - a camera malfunction!! So, it became very important to get the information down through mark making, sketches and rough composition drawings. I actually do enjoy working in this way and the drawings record what I believed to be visually important elements.
It takes a while to get used to drawing a new and unfamiliar landscape as I need to use the materials in a different way to achieve the variety of marks required. The greens in the rainforest were incredibly bright and the subject matter quite overwhelming. I had to pare it back to what was important - the scale of the trees and those greens that cloaked the surface of anything on the ground…
Back on the coast are the most amazing rock formations i have ever seen - they are truly natures own drawings and I don’t think I will ever do them justice with paint, but will certainly have a go.
These are some small scale painting studies that I have been doing since returning from Tarkine in Motion 2017.
The landscape is very different from the East coast of NSW so still grappling with colours and shapes before going larger in scale...
The paintings depict the area around Couta Rocks and Bluff Hill Point.
" colours bending like the curves of the streams
richness abounds wandering the tributaries "
Tarkine in Motion 2017