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Seeking Places

Hilary Clared’s paintings celebrate
the inter-relationship between micro-climate,
niche habitat, and geological formation
in the landscapes of lutruwita/Tasmania.

“The landscapes that I paint are iconic places in lutruwita/Tasmania that were loved by local people – even before tourism rendered them into snapshot ‘drawcards’. Finding my way to these places often involves bushwalking.

Finding a painting is different. Somewhere along the path, I will stop and glimpse the place.

My oil paintings follow the contemporary Australian mapping-artist genre.

Drawing on different kinds of maps, I test narrative of that place, referencing plants, rocks and light.  I aim to represent the impact of the sight, sound, scent and colour.
I listen and read how other people experience the place by researching community history, both before and since invasion.

These places are created through lifecycles in geology, soil, flora and atmosphere breathing in an eternal biosphere, which defines us too. We tread on the past, present and future ecology of these stunning landscapes.

My paintings can be called cognitive art, encompassing cultural and psychological questions by representing relationship to place. I utilise mapping as metaphor for question.

I acknowledge the LIST mapping resource in my research process. I acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal Peoples as traditional owners of the land of lutruwita/Tasmania, where I bushwalk and paint, and pay respect to their Elders, past present and emerging.”
Hilary Clared

Saturday 7 – Saturday 28 August 2021
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sundays CLOSED

Image Credits: Hilary Clared. Strzelecki Peaks Contour (2021). Oil on Linen,. 107cm x 71.5cm.

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