I left Tasmania when I was a teenager and after four decades I have returned. Regardless of my displacement I have aimed to be involved, as much as I could, in environmental issues that have taken place here. On each of my visits I have been aware of the natural beauty juxtaposed with areas of complete devastation. For this image I have collected ash from Dunnalley. The ash is the middle ground; it represents the transformative quality of death in order to give birth to something else.

Nigel Hewitt

2015, Glover Prize Winner

Wood ash & polymer on canvas