Alison Thomas

Decimation, 2016

acrylic on linen

61 x 183cm

From the artist

Standing on this windy and exposed grassy hill, sore from the day’s walk up the coast, I was completely transfixed by the potency and presence that seemed to emanate from this place. This was the scene of the decimation of the Pennemukeer tribe. Down below is ‘Suicide Bay’, and at the northern end of the Woolnorth property is ‘Victory Hill’, named by the shepherds from the Van Diemen’s Land Company. The bodies of up to 30 of the Aboriginal men were tossed over the sandstone cliff to the left of the painting.

Artist background

Lives and works in Burnie. Exhibiting since 1980. Winner ofprizes at TasArt, Burnie 2004-2016. Work in collection fo Burnie Regioanl Art Gallery.