Anne Algar - I am predominantly a landscape and nightscape photographer who sometimes uses painting and drawing techniques, for my image making. I am inspired by the natural landscape, more than the human cultural landscape. The Tarkine trip will be an opportunity to look at, immerse myself in, and interpret its uniqueness. As an environmentalist, I would hope that my image making, along with those of the other participating artists, will effect positive change, and bring new levels of appreciation and care for our threatened landscapes into people's consciousness, in particular, those in government!
Richard Atkins is a Visual Artist, from Bendigo, Victoria, his work varies in medium including biro drawings, sculptural works, painting, photography and other digital media. He is fascinated by perception and connection, often connecting the two through his ideas and artworks. Richard is also an Art Teacher at Bendigo South East College, the Visual Arts Coach of the Academy of the Creative Arts at the same college and the Secretary of the BendArts Festival Inc. committee. He is currently working on a series entitled “A New Beauty”, taking ethically sourced natural materials and creating artworks.
Tenzin (Alex Anderson) first learned to sit quietly in the forest as an ecologist, researching the impact of climate change on rainforest birds in Australia's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Later, while walking, working and photographing widely in Asia, Latin America and Europe, he decided that actually there is something very important to be found in the stillness of contemplative practice, community living, and connection to nature, of which western science can give us but a glimpse. Now ordained as a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, he studies and teaches yoga and meditation and tends the organic orchards and gardens at SIBA retreat centre in East Gippsland. Tenzin has a special interest in exploring how the arts of yoga, mindfulness and meditation can help us to cultivate inner peace and joy, and to awaken and heal our connections to one and other, and to this precious planet.
Claire Baker is a "self-taught" artist who enjoys blending different art forms, such as performance art, text and painting, to enhance themes of interconnectedness, relationships, growth, and change between people and their environments. Claire has curated and participated as an artist in several group exhibitions in Aotearoa New Zealand, where she originates.
Dan Broun is a conservation and education minded wilderness photographer and filmmaker. A bushwalker an artist and an adventurer, he is the co-founder of Tarkine in Motion and he devotes as much energy as possible into protecting the natural and cultural values of Tasmania's wilder places. He attempts to galvanize peoples passions into action through information and the arts and he loves takayna / Tarkine deeply.
Lou-anne Barker is exploring the mystery, beauty, fragility and resilience of the natural world and humans’ interconnection with it through drawing and printmaking. She is passionate about the environment and social justice and has been an activist in these areas over many years. She values the role of community storytelling and is an improvisational actor and conductor with Playback Theatre in various community settings. She is currently enrolled in a BFA at UTAS.
Sue Barrett - I am drawn to the earth, to the beauty, mystery and wonder of the world of nature: the movement, lines, colour, boldness, subtlety and constant surprises. As a sculptor and potter I work with earth and as a writer, I express my joy, celebration and insights. My purpose is to recognise and hold sacred the gift of life we are blessed with and to express that response respectfully. Our duty is to the earth. Our future is of the earth. Our time to care is now.
Aase Bladt was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1958. Aase works predominately in the media of poetry writing but plans to include photography, painting & drawing in the future in conjunction with the poems. She completed a 4 month full-time live-in Art School course at the Holbaek Art Castle in Holbaek, Denmark in 1979, majoring in instrument building, music, theatre and ceramics. Aase also completed 12 months art course for art teachers at the Teachers College in Skaarup, Denmark, majoring in painting & ceramics. Aase’s lifestyle means she spends a lot of time in the wild nature and this is where she gets her main inspiration to write poetry about the wilderness and the environment. Her main aim is to protect these riches for future generations. Aase’s latest accomplishment is to have “Lost in the Wilderness” a book of poetry/photos, published in conjunction with other artists inspired by the love for the wilderness and the wish to protect it. Aase lives in Blackmans Bay and works in Hobart, Tasmania.
Tory Bridges is a photographer, sculptor and installation artist. Her photography examines the human body in environments that are surprising and sensual, creating quirky images that explore our relationship with nature and ourselves. Tory’s installation works are ritualistic and inquisitive, promoting the sublime through raw, powerful, elements of nature. Her installations play with our experience as humans within the cosmos, exploring themes of unity and the unbounded. Tory studied at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney (UNSW) in 2013 and also has a Bachelor of Economics (ANU) and Masters of Political Economy (USyd).
Anthony and Sophia Broese van Groenou along with their little 10-month-old daughter Elke are the tinkerers that make up the BVG Collective. With diverse backgrounds in science communication, arts and event work, film and photography, they offer a curious and engaging mixed media approach to storytelling.
Charles Chadwick is a bushwalker, meditator and photographer with a long-standing love for wild places. He believes in the spiritual and therapeutic benefits of spending time in these environments and in their inestimable intrinsic value. He has worked for Project Hahn and the Wilderness Program running outdoor recreation camps for disadvantaged groups in Tasmania. Currently learning videography.
Tim Cooper is a Tasmanian generally found with a camera in hand, trying to understand the world of art. Shoots just about anything. Passionate about conserving the unique natural and cultural values of takayna's wild places.
Shelley Cusiter is a diverse artist, actively performing and training in music as a songwriter, singer and guitarist; various dance styles including fire dancing, funk and African; theatre work includes clowning, improvisation and mask work. Her connection to wild places is the core inspiration for much of her creativity.
Paul Colcheedas is a photographer and lives in Warburton near the Central Highlands in Victoria’s mountain ash country. He has a passion for capturing the beauty that nature is, and the wildlife that reside there. He and his wife Sonia Jane, play bamboo flute and harp together in wild places.
Nell Degrassi is a Tasmanian woman with a wild-hearted spirit and prolific passion for the arts and the sanctuary of nature. My mediums of inspiration span between being a singer, musician, performer, writer, artist, community worker and activist. An original Tarkine Tiger and forest defender, my music and poetry capture the history of protests past and present. My musical career sprung forth from the forested depths of the Road to Nowhere campaign in the 90s. I went on to front the bands, Purple Shag, The Fat Band, Dublo and Mama Smooth. From a child, I have maintained skills in theatre, dance, circus, visual arts and production, with a recently developed love for photography and film. My aim for this project is to collaborate my skill set and create a film clip for new takayna / Tarkine inspired compositions.
Kaylene Dickson lives an hours drive from Melbourne and is a semi-retired glass artist who, at the age of 60, went back to school to complete a degree in photography. Her photographs reflect a passion for nature with its unique wildlife and diverse flora as well as its captivating scenery. With her images she tries to capture the essence of what she sees and feels, interpreting that into her glass work.
Ariel de Ramos was born in the Philippines, grew up in Spain, has lived in the UK and now lives in Melbourne. He has written a travel book about couchsurfing, Coaches to Couches, and written and illustrated the children’s books The Great White Shark and The Ticklish Tree. His solo exhibition in Melbourne, Under a New Sun, featured his paintings in acrylic and pastels. He has founded a social enterprise called Vegetawall Organics to help people living in urban areas to grow food through vertical gardens and a seed library.
Fenella Edwards is a spoken word artist and rapper, who dabbles in comedy. Since performing as "Feline" in her first rap battle in Hobart in 2003, Fenella has gone on to perform at clubs and festivals across Australia. Fenella produced and performed her own solo show for the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival called 'Madam Moonshine: Muppet Oracle' and then moved back to Tasmania to look at turning this into an online web series through the Screen Tasmania/Screen Australia 'Comedy Concentrate' initiative. Now launching her new brand Zen Dragon, Fenella is looking to bring even more environmental awareness into her creative offerings. The first event Fenella is putting on under Zen Dragon is a fundraiser for the Tarkine on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at The Greenwood Bar, offering comedy and freestyle rap entertainment with a dash of muppetry to raise funds for Bob Brown Foundation - be there or be square!
Jamie Edward, is an illustrator, painter and sculptor. My work reflects the inspiration I find in nature and its beauty, space and animals. I like to contrast this playfully with my observations about Australian culture and the waste - of time, of lives, of resources - that has become a part of this. Using wood and paint, I explore the relationship between the beautiful and the ugly, and the contrast and the coexistence of this in our surroundings.
Sarah Elliot loves painting here in Tasmania where our natural environment has a strong and constantly changing light. I paint the Tasmanian landscape with people, birds, houses, boats, to create little stories around a sense of place. I am very excited to be part of this year's Tarkine In Motion campaign and to have the opportunity to create paintings which, hopefully, add a depth of feeling and connection to this precious place. My paintings are all in oils on wood; I create prints from them which will continue to raise funds for the protection of the Tarkine. Please find me on Instagram #elliottmydear and email@example.com
Sam Fenton is a Tasmanian based artist, exploring relationships between each other, nature, spirit, industrialization and consumerism. Sam’s paintings and other art reflect this with multi-layered meanings and interpretations illustrating topics such as nature, relationships, sex, death, spirituality, psyche, social issues, with industry and consumerism also thematically lurking.
Talitha Frees explores the psychology of perception within the innovation technology advances in visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory gustatory modalities within hybrid and the natural environment depicted through interactive installations; to create sensory awareness practices challenging our relationship to aesthetics, consumerism, materialism and animal cruelty.
Tiffany Garvie is a passionate portrait and landscape photographer who enjoys capturing people’s stories in images. She is also a published poet and award-winning songwriter. She is a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018, winner of the RMIT University Award in the Koorie Heritage Trust At Award and has been highly commended by Australian Photography + Digital Magazine (Your best shot). She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne and has had her work included in public art projections. Originally from Nhulunbuy (Arnhem Land), Tiffany has worked as a broadcaster and producer with both Indigenous media and ABC Radio. She currently lives in Melbourne.
Michael Gay is a natural and wilderness area photographer born and raised in Hobart who has a passion for exploring and photographing Tasmanian’s beautiful wild places.
Elke Gear is a Tasmanian-based artist inspired by the intricacies, fragility and power of nature. Her fascination with the Australian bush, its plants, animals, colours, textures and formations, is expressed in her paintings and drawings using an intuitive approach with a love for detail.
Wendy Gleeson & Tamsin Thomas are a mother & daughter team who love wild country & being creative, so are rather excited to be involved in Tarkine in Motion 2018. Both Wendy & Tamsin have been drawing and painting since they were big enough to hold crayons and paintbrushes, and love to work across a range of 2D & 3D media. Wendy has studied art at TAFE and Launceston School of Art and also enjoys writing and working with text. This Tarkine in Motion she plans to execute a number of charcoal tree drawings to incorporate into a larger studio work, and some watercolour paintings/sketches exploring the light in the forest. Tamsin is a talented model-maker and will work in mixed media, using drawing, painting, model-making and photography. She plans to find beautiful inspirational sites for the creation of pictures of mythical creatures and forest spirits dancing and being.
Tony Hannan is a community artist from Adelaide, where he set up the circus school Cirkidz and the giant puppet/community arts company Kneehigh Puppeteers. He has made large papier mache cod for The Wilderness Society Murray River campaign, a large inflatable Earth for Greenpeace's anti-whaling campaign and an inflatable fur seal for The Wilderness Society. He is very keen on ancient trees and is working with children to GPS map large River Red Gums near the Murray. He lives by the Onkaparinga River, with his partner Michelle, a speechie on the APY lands, and his teenage daughter Isla who will both be with him at Sumac.
Fiona Haasz a multidisciplinary artist often incorporating movement, performance, the body and themes of motherhood/mother earth, the domestic and the everyday. Relationship to place is a strong undercurrent as is her view of art as medicine. Other elements include humour, the childlike and play, the poetic and dreamlike. Last year Fiona and her son engaged with the Tarkine via documentary video: “takayna”, which led to a series of photographic works of her body in juxtaposed domestic and natural environments: “Habitat”, which is her intended topic of exploration for 2018.
Jade Hallam is a nature and documentary photographer based in Northern Tasmania. Growing up amongst the blackwoods and myrtle at the foothills of kooparoona niara (the Great Western Tiers), Jade has an enduring respect for and connection with Tasmania’s wilderness. As well as intricate macros and intimate landscapes, Jade uses light and shadow to document the unique stories of and relationships between people. Jade resides in Deloraine with her partner Nate and their two children.
Tanya Hawkes has a deep love for all things wild and natural. This paired with her passion for education finds her weaving stories into art inspired from the earth for children, and the young at heart! Blending storytelling, natural and recycled objects, spontaneous music, sculpture and paint, she shares the lessons she finds in nature. Truly moved by the last Tarkine in Motion exhibition, she is excited to embark on this ever so timely and purposeful adventure! Her aim is to be able to look future generations in the eye and say, 'Yes! This is the forest from the story!'
Paul Hellier is a surfer, environmentalist and entrepreneur. After years of working in the environmental sector and decades of volunteering to plant trees, rescue wildlife and clean beaches, Paul set out to create a website/mobile app "fair food forager” connecting conscious consumers with the venues that deserve their money, reducing waste, plastic and other ethical options. A writer, speaker and photographer, Paul continues to find uplifting and fun ways to present education and sustainable living so that everyone can feel empowered to take part and make a difference.
Mel Hills is a locally grown artist who grew up in Orford and went to school at Triabunna. She has persistently lurked about the East Coast ever since. Mel specialises in wildlife art, scientific illustration and watercolour landscapes. Murals are also a sideline. A need to explore, discover and understand led Mel to link studies in both art and science. “For me, there is no boundary between the two disciplines - both require observation, analysis and experimentation. They’re very complementary."
Tara Hodge is a photographer who recently relocated to palawa country (Margate, Tasmania). My style derives from an intense appreciation of nature, our connection with it, and our connection with each other. Being a mother to a little palawa/Wiradjuri woman, makes spending time on takayna & being involved in the 2018 Tarkine in Motion incredibly special to me. To know that her people & ancestors have this continuing connection to the land dating back tens of thousands of years makes protecting & respecting it, even more vital.
Elizabeth Howes is a teacher, writer and lifelong nature lover. Her connection to the natural world was sparked by trips to the country as a child: playing in creeks, collecting found objects in the bush and picking wild fruit. Her work includes book reviews and articles about the East Gippsland forest, its beauty and its vulnerability. She has written extensively for the Victorian National Parks Association’s quarterly publication Parkwatch. Elizabeth loves wilderness camping, gardening, mindfulness colouring and inspiring others to connect with nature. She lives in Melbourne.
Marlee Hurn grew up in Tasmania around the channel and South Bruny Island. The natural environment has a huge influence on what I do, and I love to be outside as much as possible. My art revolves around the macro patterns and the large patterns within a landscape. I’m optimistic for a more environmentally sustainable future.
Rowiina Howard spent some time photographing models in the natural places within Melbourne & Sydney. This is a practice she hopes to resume in the near future. In the recent past, she's begun developing her own abstract painting style, often inspired by wood grain or the flow & layering of rock sediment. She also likes to draw botanically-inspired abstract designs, both coloured with pencil or in grey-lead. These are then scanned, mirrored & duplicated.
Judy Jackson was born in Sydney and received an MA from the University of NSW College of Fine art in 2004, having completed a Bachelor of Education art teaching degree in 1987. Judy first studied art at Fullerton College USA in 1980. She has exhibited in Sydney in group shows and The Private Gallery Surry Hills. Since moving to Tasmania permanently in 2015, she has been featured in exhibitions in Salamanca Off Centre Gallery, Hand Made art trail and Balfour House Cygnet. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as the Inner West newspaper inner Sydney & Huonville News and the Australian for The Kings Art Show. Many savvy collectors in Tasmania and Sydney have collected a Judy J series of artwork. Judy Jackson lives and works in Tasmania.
Sonia Jane is a poet and musician. She has a gift for capturing the essence of her written subjects and her harp playing dances through to the soul of her listeners.
Darius Kedros is a sound designer, composer and the founder of the Melbourne-based immersive sound experience company, Sonic State Design. Working across theatre, installation, virtual reality and radio/podcast, Darius has created for the ABC’s Radio National, Melbourne Theatre Company, Festival of Live Art, Scienceworks, Federation Square, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Music Week, The Wheeler Centre, and Asia TOPA. Relocating from the UK in 2013 Darius’ northern hemisphere credits include The Rambert Dance Company, Momentum Pictures, the BBC, and Virgin Records. www.sonicstatedesign.com
Josephine Lawrence grew up with family paintings hanging on every wall and listening to stories about art experiences. A seven-month family camping and painting trip to Europe began my art education. Tertiary classes in drawing, painting and art history were followed by many workshops with prominent artists. Three weeks with Clifton Pugh in remote Cape York and two weeks with John Wolseley stand out. Two weeks intensive lessons at the Julian Ashton school in Sydney gave great insight into the human figure. I have filled many diaries with sketches of my travels. Sketching or painting a scene makes a lasting memory of place or event.
Cary Littleford emerged artistically as live video performer VJ Smucklepod in the Tasmanian rural underground in 2010. Since then he has gone on to do live VJ performances, built recycled interactive installations and small to large-scale projection mapping displays at various events including Unwind, Falls Festivals, Fractangular Festivals, FRESH, FauxMO, DARK MOFO, Devil In The Streets, Day of the Dead, Momentum, Jazz and Big Band events, countless pub gigs and many others. Now turning to experimenting with connecting communities through live projection mapping in inspiring organic spaces and the quirky world of digital light-field photography.
Angel Loannou is a father of two boys and grandfather of two beautiful grandkids. I’m passionate about the environment and human impact. Humans have made and are still causing huge impacts on the environment and all ecologies. This is being done to our peril and very existence! Every generation should strive to leave the environment in better condition than last. Been fortunate to travel to several continents and many countries. My interests include photography, music, movies, plays and social causes. Angel owns and manages a small business that provides WHS and project productivity to the construction sector. Angel is a Director with Life Force Cancer Foundation, an NFP group which provides a range of programs to assist people dealing the emotional and psycho-social impact of living with the experience of cancer. Angel has worked in the Information Communications and Technology industry for over 40 years. This experience includes working with leading-edge companies and technology from component level to system level (plus design, manufacture and QA) and also operating systems and enterprise solutions (architecture & functionality). The range of systems includes industrial, scientific, avionics, PC, mid-range and mainframe systems. Companies worked for include NASA, British Aerospace, Nixdorf Computers, Toshiba, Lotus Development, IBM and Information Builders.
Kasia Lynch is a Melbourne-based artist whose work reflects a curiosity in the creative potential for bodies, objects and space to exchange and transform energy. Making spiritualised and often fetishised sculpture, installation, and experiential site-responsive works, she seeks out instances that allow her to delve into the psychic spaces found in states of flow, chance encounters and unique material relationships. She looks for the unseen beyond that which is known and then aims to amplify it. Kasia received a Master of Arts Research from RMIT University in 2013. Her work is held in public and private Australian collections.
Fiona Lorimer is from Geelong and has a BA in Youth Affairs and a Cert in Initiatic Art Therapy. She has been involved in 15 group Art Shows and a shared exhibition at Cafe Chaos in Lorne. Fiona is a digital photographer and radio announcer at 3YYR and has performed in musical theatre and comedy. A songwriter since 1994, she has toured with the Indigenous band "Deadheart" and recorded original songs on "Blue Ringed Octopus" CD with Jill Lamshed "Daisy Chain". Fiona sings around Geelong and the Surf Coast and is a member of Geelong Harmony Barbershop Chorus.
Jo May has been living in Tasmania for four years. When she was 16 (a lifetime ago) she vowed, after hitchhiking around the state, sleeping under bridges and on beautiful beaches, that she would return to live here one day. She has an affinity with the horizon, clouds, the sea and the deep forest, while also being drawn to the little things that exist: shells, leaves, feathers or tiny fungi. Jo likes to give them a voice within their landscape through either her drawings, ceramic work or sculpture.
Kelsey Mcnamara has been travelling, snowboarding and hiking around the world for the past decade. Basing herself in Tasmania for the past two years and immersing herself in the wilderness areas of primarily the south-west has led her awareness to expand regarding their metaphysical and ecological importance. ‘There is nothing quite like the silence in the mountains and forests that is only broken by the cackle of frogs or the wisp of the wind. Even when the weather is raging, the rain lashing lets you know that THIS is where you are alive.’ This will be her first visit to the Tarkine as part of Tarkine in Motion 2018.
Eloise Marriott - I find immense beauty in the tiny details of things and seek satisfaction in depicting them true to their form. My art follows my awe of the oceans and the beasts, birds and flora of the natural world. Tattooing gives my art a meaningful, tangible purpose and I only take on commissions that inspire me and motivate me to create pieces that I can put my whole heart into.
Wade Marynowsky - As an artist and researcher, I work across robotics, immersive-interactive installations, performance, music and video. My main body of work explores the notion of robotic performance agency. Through the use humour, camp and a host of unnerving thematics, I address important issues relevant to our ever increasing technological society.
Kelli Miller uses a variety of mediums to share her connection to the Earth, and beyond. She is constantly and consciously present with her surroundings. Often awestruck, Kelli constantly experiences joy and wonderment with the sights and sounds of the natural environment which extends from the ground... into the sea... and away into the sky beyond Mother Earth. The rawness of the Tarkine, its colour and beauty, its drama and soul, are the elements she hopes to capture through her art and share with the world.
Jeannie Mooney came to Tasmania 14 years ago from the northern boreal forests of Maine on the northeast coast of the US. “My work reflects these origins and the profound mystery that links us to the natural world. Everything I make attempts to reveal a tiny grain of this truth.” For over 40 years, Jeannie has exhibited, taught and worked on projects in the US, Australia and Romania.
muka nawnta are saltwater sisters and have been singing for takayna for a couple of years, supporting the Aboriginal community and Bob Brown Foundation's campaign to protect her. This will be their first journey together into takayna's sacred lands where they're anticipating this rich connection to country will provide further inspiration for new melodic weaponry in their cultural obligation to protect country as they sit alongside other takayna warriors!
Else McAndrew - I studied Painting at the Australian National University in Canberra where my medium was oil painting. I have been interested in the Tasmanian landscape for many years. I worked as a guide with Cradle Huts for a few seasons and have done many extended bushwalks in Tasmania where I learnt about the Tarkine. I hope to combine my love of Tassie's remote wilderness with paintings that demonstrate its rugged beauty.
Sally Mayman continues to enjoy a lifelong passion for photography, working as a commercial photographer and an artist. Sally exhibits regularly, her personal work exploring our physical, emotional and spiritual connection to our environment. With a background in fine art darkroom printing, Sally explores early printing processes, runs photography programs in primary and high schools and with Youth Off The Streets. She is currently completing a Masters of Art at UNSW Art and Design. Her interest in documenting and supporting indigenous peoples has led her to work with various communities throughout the world. Her work, “Seeing Saltwater Country”, was recently published.
Wendy Nash is a ‘Straitswoman’ (born and raised on King Island), for whom the ocean holds great insight into the robustness of our planet. The current ocean fish farm debate in Tasmania highlights the threat to the health of the West Coast ocean and beyond. Wendy’s Solo exhibition ‘The Surprising Sea’ at Handmark Gallery in the 90s, made visible oceanic stories through essences of seaweeds and plants with textiles, ‘Escape Boat’ sculptures, paintings, listening to ancient oceanic memories and writings. With many years arts practice experience, alongside her work as Community Artist / Art Therapist, including Indigenous programs on the Furneaux Group of Islands, Wendy is delighted to engage in the creative process with Tarkine in Motion.
Henrietta Norris - I am an artist interested in the natural landscape from a scientific and a sensory point of view. I work in ceramics, having completed a Diploma of Art at the Australian National University, and I also have a degree in Life Science and am a keen field naturalist. I create primarily abstract sculptures, but I am also interested in imprinting nature’s patterns into clay. I use clay and glazes, earthy elements in themselves, to reinterpret both the broader landscape and microcosms of wild landscape. https://henriettanorris.com.au
Fred E. Orr is partly retired and works two days a week in Randwick, NSW as a clinical psychologist. Painting, photography, and writing poetry have been long-standing (and sitting) pursuits for most of his adult life. He has convened an art appreciation group for the Randwick City Council for ten years. He has eight books published, most with international translations, focusing upon really boring topics such as study issues and high-performance exam skills. He swims, cycles, golfs, and gardens very actively most weeks.
Thea O'Brien is an artist based in Central Victoria. She has exhibited twice in the Castlemaine State Festival and the Lot 19 Spring Sculpture prize. She had selected works shown at Buda Contemporary Textiles and the Cossack Art Prize. Her main practice is creating complex, detailed collages from mixed materials. Thea uses static shapes to form a dynamic movement of shifting perspectives. The process is cutting images up and reordering them to find the underlying feeling and energy inherent in the subject matter. She is drawn to pattern and diversity in repetition. Currently studying at Latrobe College of Visual Art and Design in Melbourne.
Mark Polsen is a photographer who strives to capture that which is unseen by many - nature’s soul. From a young age, Mark has been in awe of his natural surroundings and is at his very best when experiencing any, or all, of the elements. Mark feels a connection to the earth and the sky, and a sense of peace laying in the dirt, watching, listening, feeling the space before capturing it with his camera. His first journey to the Tarkine wilderness brings with it the hope of capturing some of the unique raw beauty that is Tasmania, and one he hopes he can do justice to.
Wiebke Parker has lived in Tasmania since 1987. Although she enjoys photographing a variety of subjects, she particularly enjoys spending her free time in the natural environment, capturing its unique beauty with her camera. Rather than seeking to capture grand vistas, she tends to keep her focus on the smaller details of the landscape which are often being overlooked. Wiebke has been involved in Bob Brown Foundation’s Tarkine in Motion since 2016. This year she will be staying in Arthur River where she is hoping to capture the Tarkine’s coastal beauty.
Jac Price of Jac of all Shades is a ‘Creative Expressionist’ who is deeply exploring all shades of her internal & external worlds through creativity. Educated in dance, drama, applied design, fashion design & construction and photography, her mediums of choice for her creative expressions are movement, performance, image capture and art.
Katherine Perrott - Through my art practice I have the chance to explore new landscapes and possibilities. I thoroughly enjoy witnessing the changing seasons and colours of the dramatic yet vulnerable land that I inhabit. Through the making of art, my own personal relationship with nature and myth grows and deepens. The magic of nature offers an encounter with both lyrical beauty and an unpredictable powerful force. I believe it is the tension between what is familiar and the unknown that widens our consciousness and our understanding of the world around us. I exhibit works through the Colville Gallery in Salamanca Place, Hobart and my works can be seen on www.colvillegallery.com.au or on my own at www.katherineperrott.com
Ro Privett tries his darndest to inspire today's youth in Outdoor Education and is also besotted by whitewater wilderness journeys into Tasmania's wild South West. Not only do these journeys nourish the soul but they also nourish my developing filmmaking skills.
Darryl Rogers works with video, installation, augmented, and virtual reality. His work explores the idea that the meta-personal experience of being in and at one with nature, conceptually provides a growing spiritual sensibility and existential meaningfulness.
Dave Reynolds - I am returning to the Tarkine this year with a deep sense of concern for the environment and cultural landscape. I am motivated to stand in solidarity with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and work towards the establishment of a Tarkine National Park. As a photographer and musician, my intention is to immerse myself in the ancient history of the place, creating images and soundscapes that encapsulate my relationship with the sacred earth. As I move through the varied ecology of takayna, each place evokes a unique experience of time and place and my work as an artist emerges from that space. There is no other place on this planet like takayna and I believe that if we can bring its beauty and cultural significance to a wider audience, we can build a global movement for its protection.
Sara Richards is the co-founder of Re:Purpose for Good which just won the people's choice award at Pitch@Palace - an initiative by The Duke of York. This initiative is currently repurposing plastic and e-waste to make robotic prosthetics and working to change the perception of the value of waste. She is also the co-founder of F*ckgiving - a contagious movement designed to unlock human potential, and the Program Manager at The Centre for Sustainability Leadership training up the next batch of Future Makers. She is formally trained as both a Biomedical Scientist & Environmental Engineer - which essentially makes her a designer, who sees the planet as one big outdoor laboratory. Overall she is a passionate connector and storyteller, putting purpose and positive impact at the core of everything she does. In a previous life, she was the Education For Sustainability Manager at Macquarie University, TEDx Speaker, Co-host for the Un-school of Disruptive Design and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Janice Margaret Ross (Lavinia Lowery Maynard) - I was born in 1969 in Hobart and have lived Southern Tasmania all my life. mina pakana rrala muka nawnta. A strong and proud Tasmanian Aboriginal Saltwater Sister. My family, people of the Bass Strait islands, Flinders and Cape Barren Island, are direct descendants of our ancestor Manalargenna, Chief Warrior of the Trulwulway people North East of Tasmania. We are the Moon Bird people of the Bass Strait Islands. I visualise as a Tasmanian Aboriginal artist to expose the lutruwitta milaythina, Tasmanian landscape, through my eyes, and the community's eyes, the connections we have with Country and the experiences that we continue together. The country shares its story with us.
Shaking the Tree Choir is one of Melbourne’s most vibrant and experienced choirs. Founded in 1999 by performer Bronwyn Calcutt to create a singing ensemble of spirit and musical excellence, the choir is driven by strong values of social justice and respect for our diverse community and our precious natural environment. In 2017 the group partnered with the Bob Brown Foundation and performed for their campaign event at Federation Square. In 2018 Shaking the Tree will be part of the Tarkine in Motion project, using the filmed power of Song and Chorus to advocate for the preservation and protection of the rainforest.
Jenny Schorta - I have a deep love of Tasmanian landscapes and this is very evident in my photographic work. At an early age, I learned to appreciate this beautiful state of ours through the eyes of my father who is a botanist. He regularly took the family into the bush to find plants and bushwalk into beautiful locations. We live in such a unique place. This becomes so very clear to me, just how special it really is whenever I travel to other countries. I love photographing our state and all those things that create our unique features or landscapes, from the highest mountains to the smallest fungi. At every opportunity available I go bushwalking and/or just exploring our state with my camera to capture whatever takes my eye. Wandering in nature provides a sense of calm and allows us a connection with this earth we are privileged to live on.
Kelly Slater is a photographer who grew up in New Zealand, and before moving to Tasmania lived in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. She has had a lifelong passion for photography and visual arts, and more recently a deep interest in environmental sciences, Kelly is a photographer of people and place. Currently working as an event photographer in Northwest Tasmania, volunteering as a photographer at local heritage organisations and developing an art practice exploring human connection to place.
Margaret Sonnemann spent most of her adult life battling a chronic illness. She began painting in her 50s, training brieﬂy in landscape painting but now specialises in portraits and genre paintings, which allow her to explore her life-long interests in physiognomy, manners and cultural minutiae. Margaret sees her award-winning art as an act of deﬁance against evil, as she seeks to draw our attention to everyday beauties and triumphs. Her involvement with Tarkine in Motion is part of a deeply-felt responsibility for what she calls "creation care". Margaret's book, "The Aurora Chaser's Handbook: in Pursuit of Tasmania's Southern Lights," and Facebook group are credited with the recent awareness of the Aurora Australis.
Youjia Song is a painter, photographer, adventurer, anthropologist and teacher. Her love of indigenous cultures took her to remote parts of the world where she saw the intertwined relationship between people and land. Those journeys sparked her passion for wilderness adventures and in capturing its beauty in photographs, artworks and writing. She believes that art and writing have the power to bring about positive change, promote diversity and understanding, and provoke dialogue in big issues. She is planning to complete her walk across Kyrgyzstan this year and share those stories and images with the wider community to bring about positive change.
Tania Slapar-Koman has been creative since childhood, growing up in Melbourne where she would paint and draw in her father's illustrative studio at their family home. Now based near Hobart, she is an artist and yoga teacher and loves nothing more than to immerse herself in Tasmania's beautiful landscape. She creatively explores, through a keen eye for detail, the array of patterns and textures created in the natural world. Her art practice is very intuitive and often not planned, allowing her connection to what she experiences in nature to come forth through her fine arts practice.
Clayton Smith is a Melbourne-based filmmaker & photographer. His work has taken him globally to the likes of Africa, Korea, Vietnam, and all over Australia. Amongst a very complicated world, Clayton seeks to create sense with eco-conscious works, within events like Tarkine in Motion.
Lynne Spotswood - I am a pakana woman from lumaranatana in lutruwita (Tasmania). My people have been connected to this country for thousands of years. I’ve been walking this country for a long time collecting, yarning and sharing my cultural stories. I’ve been to takayna a couple of times now; it’s a place where I can sit with the old people. I plan to work with kelp, do sketches for lino printing, collect shells and take photos for inspiration of the work that I will create to help continue the fight to protect her.
Andrew Thomas is a landscape photographer based in Ballarat, Victoria. Over the last ten 10 years, he has been working on two major projects. The first is to capture the Ballarat district throughout the year and seasons, which he does on a daily basis. The other was to photograph all 59 USA National Parks. After 18 trips he achieved his goal and his book "The National Parks of the United States" was released in August 2016 across the USA to coincide with the 100 Year Centennial of the US Park Service. His next major project - Tasmania!
Glenn Todd - FlameWriter. Producing Fire Art, Festival Art & Installations. With a past life as an industrial sign-writer and fabricator, Glenn is a qualified graphic designer and also works as a creative director. https://flamewriter.art/
Liz Tew is a pakana curator, emerging artist and cultural practitioner from southern lutruwita (Tasmania). She currently studies Art/Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania and works in the Indigenous Cultures section at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Her artistic inspirations come from the symbiotic relationship between people and nature and she explores the interweaving of culture, nature and place through drawing, printmaking, photography and writing.
Emma White is originally from the small town of Stanley in regional NE Victoria. Emma currently lives in Melbourne where she works out of her Fitzroy studio. An enthusiast of the simple life and being enveloped by nature, Emma often spends time travelling and camping in order to find inspiration for her abstract landscape paintings. Place, travel and being at home in the world are the central ideas that build and drive Emma’s practice. Her relationship with space and her surroundings are the foundations on which her works grows and is directly informed by her experiences and the places in which she finds them. www.emmawhite.co
Sandy White is an apprentice ceramicist. She was born and raised in Tasmania, spending much of her childhood on the east coast. Sandy’s love of Tasmania’s unique wilderness connects her bushwalking and paddling experiences, studies of environmental science, work in environmental law and her art.