Archival pigment ink print on 100% cotton rag paper
20" x 30"
Artist's Statment - Pete Walsh
I enjoy spending time in the forests of lutruwita/Tasmania. After a while, plants and trees begin to take on their own identity, a more sentient presence. The trees often emit an eccentric persona, previously concealed, perhaps the making of imagination or subconscious memory, but uncannily and immediately present. It’s hard to ignore. They are curious, commanding, familial. Sometimes foreboding, always communal. I’ve been left with a deeper understanding and recognition for the Indigenous reality of family in nature, kinship in country.
Each tree has a story, told a thousand ways through its branches, its leaves, its trunk that becomes stronger with age, more wrinkled over time, until it begins a journey of inevitable decay. Sheltered by its children, leaving behind the gift of a no longer recognisable body, sustaining the next generation through bold inheritance.
Old. Young. Living. Dead. Guarding. Holding. Tending. Nurturing. Angelic. Playing. Dancing. Loving. In genesis. In requiem. They pull me back in time like an ancestral dream.
Part of Wild Island Tasmania's summer group show, Southern Summer with a range of our artists, old and new exploring the wild wonders of our island state.
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