The first block of my Artist Residency is over, I have a month out in the real world before heading back to pinmatik in September.
The isolation and personal focus ended abruptly, with a couple of Days in Hobart/Glenorchy getting together with a group of artists working on a GASP project: Mapali local International.
Time to reflect, what aspects of the Place and the environment have made the biggest impact on me, what is inviting me to look beyond.
Marine debris blues; one of the saddest aspects of spending time around coastal landscapes is seeing all the rubbish that has been left or washed up onto beaches, decaying plastics, lost possessions and careless disposal of once useful objects.
After exploring the online image archive available on Tasmanian's Library Service, I've re-photograped a few images of pinmatik/Rocky Cape to help think about the way the area has changed over the last 50 to 100 years.
Links to the original image collection and information can be found by clicking on the image.
Walking hills and beaches, waterfalls and streams thinking about Place and topography, knowing and experiencing the landscape.
Around the Cape, the weather threatened but held back it's rain until much later than expected today, I manage to walk clockwise around the head land of pinmatik, taking in alternate views of the Lighthouse and Cavern Cliff; as the early explores called the rock face where North Cave can be seen. No matter the angle of view it's always a spectacular site, even more so when you begin to understand that it represents at least 8,000 years of occupation of this little piece of Country.
I had a late start today waiting for the weather to clear. In the end I walked many tracks and had a starlight finish.
Symbolism: the use of familiar imagery to represent ideas. Symbolism is dependent of culturally relevant/understood imagery, lighthouses represent "safety" in modern western cultures. But what do they represent to the traditional occupiers of colonised lands?
Looking beyond, this National Park is one of the smallest in Tasmania, from the most remote parts of the Park the you can hear and see people and traffic moving around beyond the boundaries.
Kelly Slater is an emerging artist, building an arts practice in photography in Northwest Tasmania.