Kat Morrisby - Eucalyptus morrisbyi/Morrisby's Gum

Kat Morrisby
Eucalyptus morrisbyi/Morrisby's Gum
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Kat Morrisby - Artist Statement

Tasmania is my home and heart. I adore its wilderness, its unique wildlife, its people; I even love the weather (contentious, I know). This winter has been wonderful to spend some of my time and skill, and seek out Tasmania’s lesser known species and reserves.

Morrisby’s Gums have been my passion project for a number of years; so much so it has become my talisman and artist namesake. It’s an endemic eucalypt confined to small remaining pockets on the South Arm. I have also contributed the Yellow Riceflower and Round-leaf Mint-bush as they are equally localised and make for intricate images. I found them planted in the Tasmanian Bushland Garden near Buckland, and Hobart’s Botanical Gardens.

Sunlight is my craft. I let it play with the scene; to entice my lens and elicit magic from overlooked treasures. Free-lensing allows light to dance across the frame, colours to sparkle flamboyantly, and abstract shapes to shift with the wind. I am, quite literally, working to bend the rules of lens-based photography, of focal planes, depth perception and composition.

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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