Hell’s Gates

Nature – with its uncontrollable power, its violence, its potential for cataclysmic extremes, its mysteries and majesty, are phenomena for expressing a range of psychological and emotional states. Having visited Tasmania on two occasions to hike the wilderness and learn about the history of such an immensely fascinating place in terms of its natural wonder and its convict history, I was struck by its inherent darkness and lightness, violence and beauty, hope and despair. This ancient and powerful land has become a motivation in which I reveal my perceptions relating to identity and landscapes as complex representations of continuous interactions between people and their surrounding environment, influenced by different factors in the processes of the environments evolution. Employing light as a tool to highlight drama, terror, or awe, my work is a visceral response to the Tasmanian landscape.

Irene Torres


Oil paint on Canvas, framed