The Expedition of the Artificer
2021, Hanger's Choice, Highly Commended
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We are individuals of artifice and change. Expeditions from our built environments to the wild trace filaments from which tendrils leading to the alteration of the explored inevitably extend. Here I have recalled Tasmanian places I have visited which are seemingly wild but bear the mark of our activity; that I could be in those places is, in itself, a mark of such change. With a shift in perspective, that which is introduced is filtered and becomes normalised. The intrusions, while not necessarily having their origin forgotten, become a part of the wild, establishing a cycle as the Artificer’s expeditions continue into and extend from those which came before.