Junko Go

Beauty is not just being beautiful. A fair balance of destruction and preservation is also a great asset to the Tasmanian landscape, 2014

acrylic, oil pastel and charcoal on canvas

71 x 183

From the artist

My approach to landscape is not for what I see, rather for what I think. I regard the recent ‘Forest Peace Talk’ in Tasmania as epoch-making. With aware of this kind of conflict and struggle to find a fair balance between conservation and destruction, I see all that Tasmanian landscapes are precious, promising and beautiful. Through my imagery, I aim to provoke optimism and another kind of beauty which is hidden underneath something ugly in the surface appearance.

Artist background

Born Shiga Japan 1955. Migrated to Australia 1992. Lives in Greens Beach, Tasmania. Exhibiting since 1992 including solo at Gallery 101 Melbourne and Carnegie Gallery Hobart. Winner of Tasmanian Art Award 2001 & 2002. Finalist in Glover Prize 2005, 2008 & 2009.