A series of drypoints and illustrations exploring
the “Genii Loci” (spirits of place) in Tasmania
by emerging artist Rebekah Francis.
Tasmania is a place of complex overlay; wilderness and culture, form and undertone. These artworks are depictions of observations intermingled with impression.
This exhibition features a collection of artworks about the strata of place. They stem from several art residencies and field trips that took place in 2018, in various Tasmanian locales. The artworks are multi-layer drypoint prints, a process which embodies the purpose of the exhibition. Layers such as chine colle, hand drawn elements and small touches of colour, embossed on the paper through the impression of the printing press.
The selection of places reflect several different aspects of Tasmania; exploring history, wilderness, cultural and economic landscapes of an ever changing state. They are Maria Island, Spring Bay Mill, Oatlands and Cradle Mountain.
Maria Island has a complex Convict heritage on an isolated dramatic backdrop. Oatlands also has a rich convict history, located in the center of the State. Cradle Mountain is now called a Wilderness area, and Spring Bay is a relic of bitterly contested ground. The artworks themselves render quintessential aspects of each place, together with an attempt to capture the Genii Locii – which here are fleeting impressions, and imagined aspects of history perhaps frozen in time.
Friday 3 – Thursday 30 August
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday 3 August 2018 @ 6:00pm
Exhibition to be opened by Sarah Robert-Tissot, President of Hunter Island Press
View the printmaking processes that went into creating the works in Genii Loci. Rebekah Francis will be making a series of miniature chine colle prints using small prototype plates that relate to the Genii Loci themes.
Saturday 11 August 2018 @ 11:00am
Image Credits: Rebekah Francis. Mill Tank 1.