Monument of Memory

I have felt an innate pull towards the wilderness landscape in recent years, which has shifted my focus towards the remote and pristine southwest of Tasmania.

Drawn by its grandeur and rugged antiquity, I have found myself returning time after time to Bathurst Harbour, to further my understanding of the land both physically and culturally; immersing myself in its history and gathering a sense of the land’s place.

The stoic presence and unique vegetation of the Celery Top Islands has long captured and held my attention. Here, the plant life has never experienced fire, showcasing an ancient lineage of flora stemming back to another time. Its endurance and stories are felt through the land’s own memories, through the scars embedded in the quartzite foundations and the twisted trees that sympathise with the wild westerly winds.

Jennifer Riddle

2019, People's Choice

Acrylic on canvas