Penny Mason

Inside the Whale’s Ear, 2015

watercolour on BFK Rives paper

80 x 80

From the artist

This work was triggered by the discovery of fossilised whale and dolphin ear bones (tympanic bullae) at Cameron’s Inlet, Finders Island. Images of these and other landscape features, including tidemarks, cloud shadows, shifting water courses, charcoal, pebbles and shell fragments are interspersed with evocations of dynamic events such as underwater turbulence, wind and ephemeral phenomena that shape the landscape across minute and vast timeframes. The alluvial nature of watercolours parallel these dynamic material processes.

Artist background

Lives and works in Launceston Tasmania. Exhibiting since 1980s primarily in Tasmania, including solo shows at Sawtooth ARI 2014, Outward Gallery Launceston 2013, & Academy Gallery Launceston 2012. Winner of Bay of Fires Art Prize 2014 & Tasmanian Art Award for Watercolour Eskleigh 2014. Finalist Hutchins Art PRize 2013, City of obart Art Prize 2009