Megan Walch

Shitstorm 2018, 2019

oil on canvas, carbon black, burnt umber, raw umber and indigo in coal black frame

50 x 60 CM

From the artist

On May 10th 2018 a severe storm hit Tasmania and we are still cleaning up after it. This painting of a lightning strike on the East Coast during the storm is a dark marker of imported European agricultural methods, including our addiction to fossil fuels and their contribution to global warming and climate change. This work associates these colonialist farming practices with a traditional landscape painting that perpetuates power-relations through representing land as owned, divided, cleared and conquered.

Artist background

Lives and works in Hobart. Exhibiting extensively since 1996 including solos shows in Sydney 2011, Melbourne 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2011; Canberra 2002 & 2004; Adelaide 2001; Hobart 2006 & 2009; and San Francisco 1996 & 1998; and a commission at Art Gallery of NSW. Group shows include The Skullbone Experiment, QVMAG Launceston & COFA, NSW & 146 ArtSpace, Hobart 2014. Winner of Conrad Jupiters Art Prize 2000. 

Represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart.