Brodie Emery - Risdon Peppermint Woodland (eucalytpus risdonii), Government Hills, Tasmania

Brodie Emery
Risdon Peppermint Woodland (eucalytpus risdonii), Government Hills, Tasmania
40 x 40cm

Brodie Emery - Artist Statement

The hills of Hobart's eastern shore are home to the rare Risdon Peppermint (eucalyptus risdonii). Confined to just 60 stands on dry, sunny ridges and north-west facing slopes, these unassuming trees tell a tale of tenacity and adaptation to their unique microclimate.

Though eucalyptus risdonii is a rare species, its population remains stable, and the species is well adapted to fire. However, stands are subject to extensive harvesting for firewood. Additionally, rubbish and the encroachment of weeds remain a present challenge, accentuated by the proximity of suitable habitat to suburban Hobart.

Here on Hobart's eastern shore, we see a reflection of our own responsibilities. These rare trees, like many threatened species, are not just in far-flung rainforests or distant shores; they are here in our own backyard. It reminds us that in every corner of Tasmania, from our suburban homes to expansive wild landscapes, is an arena for conservation; and in every local act of care we are creating a piece of our collective future.

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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