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Convulsive Beauty, Skullbone Plains

Megan Walch
Oil & enamel on composite aluminium • 130 × 130 cm

The beauty of the Tasmanian landscape in not conventional; it can be ugly beauty; it can be confronting and uncomfortable. Harsh forces of sun, wind and rain act upon the flora creating a record of resilience and adaptation. Gnarled beauty is deep and shocking – it is convulsive. This motif of the hakea branch resonates with the image of neuron branches, connoting the psychological wilderness I encountered when forced to confront myself on this extreme central highland plain.