Barbara Tassell - In Ancient Forests

Barbara Tassell
In Ancient Forests
Digital Illustration
40cm x 40cm

Barbara Tassell - Artist Statement

Experiencing Tasmania’s natural environment on foot with an iPhone in hand is the starting point of my work which I then follow up by exploring the images using Photoshop. It is through this exploration, often taking many hours, that the touch and feel of the places I have been come to life in the pictures I make. I often refer to my work as printmaking rather than photography as I feel the product has often drifted far away from my original photographs to seek other interpretations. My work is different from and cannot be compared to the beautiful photographic prints captured by Tasmania’s photographers. As a Tasmanian artist I am privileged to exhibit my work as part of the 2023 Threatened Species Project. The two works I have provided for this exhibition come from gathered photographs taken on Tasmania’s North West Coast and Bruny Island and include both plant and animal species.

This work was submitted by the artist as part of Wild Island's Threatened Species Project 2023. One third of the proceeds will go to Tasmanian Orchid Conservation & Research Program and the Swift Parrot Surveying & Monitoring Program (in conjunction with BBF, TWS and GRANT) and will continue to support Friends of The Orford Bird Sancturary.

In 2022 these organisations were Friends of The Orford Bird Sanctuary and the Miena Cider Gum Recovery Program.

Threatened Species Project, 3rd October - 5th November 2023

There are 683 species of plants and animals, including insects and other invertebrates, on Tasmania's Threatened Species List. Yes, there are the iconic ones so many people know about, but there are numerous species that are tiny, little known or ‘less attractive’, which are no less important to our rich and varied eco-system. This new exhibition will expand our understanding of the range & diversity of threatened species and educate of their plight. It also aims to raise much needed funds to go towards their support.

It’s a small thing we can do during an age of climate change, mass species decline and habitat loss.


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