Wayne Goodwin - Fleeting Moment, Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Wayne Goodwin
Fleeting Moment, Eastern Barred Bandicoot
40 x 40cm

Wayne Goodwin - Artist’s Statement
The photograph was captured on a rainy day in February 2023, early in the evening. I was standing at my kitchen sink preparing a meal and caught sight of some movement on the grassed area. I watched silently, thinking the animal was a Brown Bandicoot. Slowly, it moved across the area stopping to plunge its snout into the dampened soil.

The image has some blurring. It was taken through window glass and the animal was moving. I only had time to adjust the camera settings to fully automatic. Perhaps the blurring could be taken as a metaphor for our interactions with the natural world. We become so focused on our busy lives that nature can be a “blur” in the background. Until we focus on what there is in the natural world our understanding can be distorted, blurred. When we look up and out from our lives, we catch
glimpses of nature and then they are gone, perhaps forever.

“The Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii gunnii) is a subspecies of P. gunnii which is found only in Tasmania. The Eastern Barred Bandicoot originally occurred in native grasslands and grassy woodlands in Tasmania’s Midlands. However, it is now rare in the Midlands where most of its habitat has been cleared."
​Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.

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 Threatened Species Project proceeds went to 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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