Western Mountain Ecology – The relationship between things rather than the things themselves

Tucked into the lower watershed of the Queen River valley in Western Tasmania is a small timber mill. My nose prickles at the Huon Pine perfume, which is heavy in the air. I learn that samples of large, salvaged logs reveal timelines in their annular rings that coincide with events from history; European settlement of Australia back to the birth of Christ and beyond. I am painting in a type of museum as much as a cemetery! Growth rings and ordered geometric stacking through labour are the conversion of one thing into another. My painting represents another step in this ‘flow’.

Raymond Arnold

2007, Glover Prize Winner

Acrylic on canvas