120 x 82 cm framed – coloured pencil on pastel board
From time to time I seek to produce a drawing that is strong enough to enter in a major art award. In entering these awards it’s essential that your artwork is unique, special, even challenging. There is no room for ordinary work, it must be extraordinary. Having said that, the final decision on the artwork’s value is up to the respective judging panel.
Today’s featured drawing is part of a theme I have been working on for the past 6 months. I am intrigued by the chisel marks on sandstone blocks that were carved in the early 1800s in Tasmania, a time when convicts formed a large part of the workforce. Each stonemason had their own distinctive style of carving. Did they just carve a series of marks in each block, or were they trying to communicate how they felt about their plight, albeit conscious or unconsciously?
I have combined the marks from several blocks from the historic township of Oatlands in Tasmania’s southern Midlands. Landscape features and contours, along with figure-like forms can be seen. What are they ‘saying’?
I intend to develop this theme further and in April I will spend 3 days at Port Arthur, a former notorious penal settlement in Tasmania’s south east. More grist for the mill!