Coloured pencil on pastel board
This was my second entry in this year’s Glover Prize, and my favourite.
Salamanca Landscape is a section of concrete footpath at the Hobart waterfront. What is unique is that this section of concrete is both a man-made landscape and a time capsule.In the concrete are buried stones quarried close by, from the original landscape as discovered in 1803, the year that saw the settlement of Hobart Town established.
A red line travels across the surface, an indication of Hobart’s waterfront boundary, but it is also a strong symbolic reminder of the early settlers’ attempt to rid the island of its indigenous population.
Objects resembling flints can be seen buried in the concrete. Landscape objects such as trees and an outline of Mount Wellington are distinguishable within a central line of bitumen.
A small cluster of stones, much like the Southern Cross, a black ‘sun’ and a shape similar to that of this island state add to the objects trapped within this concrete coat that hides not only the landscape underneath, but a myriad of sins by the early white settlers.
TOMORROW: How do you deal with rejection?