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Periphery V, Tasman Peninsula

Alexander Beech
Oil and acrylic polymer on canvas • 122 × 167 cm

This painting investigates vulnerability and disquiet in the landscape in paint. It aims to evoke the tensions between the human and non-human worlds in the Tasman Peninsula. While this environment is situated seemingly on the periphery of global affairs, it is nevertheless subject to the threat of climate change. In this place, the past is evident in the present where a mixture of native, colonial, agricultural, mining, recreational and residential environments collide. Drama unfolds from vulnerable layers of paint on the surface of the canvas and what remains is the ongoing discussion. Who is vulnerable, humans, the environment or both?