Lake Bed

In 2015, I went in search of a landscape that I briefly glimpsed on an ABC news report. The water level at Lake Gordon had fallen by 45 meters and a drowned forest had been revealed. It appeared to be an extraordinary scene of tree wreckage and this previously logged forest now stood in the daylight. It was a chaotic spectacle that immediately appealed to me. I thought of Paul Nash and his paintings of WW1 battlefields. In those familiar pictures everything too was blasted and shredded. It was brutal but also beautiful. I visited the shores of Lake Gordon many times over this period and came to feel that the power of this place had something to do with the gulf between the underwater world and this new reality; time slowed underwater but now the daylight illuminated and exposed, time sped up. As the water slowly retreated It was an extreme and unusual landscape that was revealed.

Nicholas Blowers

2024, Glover Prize Winner

Oil on canvas