Geoff Tuck - Green-lined ground beetle

Geoff Tuck
Green-lined ground beetle
digital print of an original encaustic painting
40 x 40cm

Artist's statement:
The green-lined ground beetle is a vulnerable Tasmanian species of predatory beetle found mostly in northern regions of the state. I was particularly drawn to its metallic-green outer line, as seen beside its shiny black body.  I used the iridescent features of encaustic wax to emphasize this aspect. The work depicts a substantially enlarged dorso-lateral view of the beetle, as if looking through a magnifying glass, enabling a more intimate and scientific view of a creature that is rarely seen amongst the leaf litter and debris of the grassy woodland it inhabits.

This work was submitted by the artist as part of Wild Island's Threatened Species Project. The artist has donated proceeds from the sale of this work to organisations directly working in species support. In 2022 these organisations are Friends of The Orford Bird Sanctuary and the Miena Cider Gum Recovery Program.

Threatened Species Project, 5 July - 31 August, 2022
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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