Faridah Cameron

The Sea, 2019

acrylic on belgian linen

175 x 175 CM

From the artist

In Tasmania the sea exerts a powerful presence, defining and reinforcing an island identity. I walk beside the sea, note its changing appearance, wonder at its depths and the variety of creatures that inhabit it. Shells and sea urchins line my windowsills. I am always conscious of the sea. To the colonists of this place, the sea must have been perceived as the route ‘home’, but also as the barrier to reaching it. To me, now, the coastline defines and contains ‘home’.

Artist background

Originally from Melbourne. Has lived and worked in Hobart since 2004. Highly commended in Blake Prize 2012. Finalist in Bay of fFires Art Prize 2012; Togart Contemporary Art Prize Darwin 2009; Waterhouse 2005; & Sovereign Asia Art Prize Hong Kong 2005.