Annette van Betlehem

Under Mt Lyell, 2017

oil on canvas

90 x 90 cm

From the artist

Walking over the hills around Mt Lyell industrial site where I live and work, a denuded area of a few kilometres that is so barren that hardly a tree takes hold, I dodge eroded holes between the rocks, which suggest what lies deep below: the unstable ground, the continually flowing water, the damp, the dark, and the heat… down there at the face 16km straight down – where mining operations stopped quite recently because of precious lives lost.

Artist background

Lives and works in Queenstown, Tasmania. Exhibiting since mid-1990s. including solo show at LARQ, Queenstown 2006 & Sidespace Sallery, SAC Hobart 2014 & 2017; and group shows at Burnie Regional Gallery & Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart 2011; and Devonport Regional Gallery 2009. Rosamund McCulloch Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.