View Of Mt. Lyell through an Acid Raindrop
2021, Glover Prize Winner
oil on copper, Sassafras
Although the environment of Queenstown is slowly healing, its Mars-like landscapes are as striking as ever; a persisting testament to over a century of copper mining. As the trees on the hills were felled for building and fire wood, acid rain, caused by sulphur dioxide emitted by the copper smelting process, fell to earth and further transformed the landscape. The barren hills of exposed rock remain as stark evidence of an environmental catastrophe, yet they bear a strange and otherworldly beauty and are captivating for many.