The artists, Kat Scarlet, Gareth Dawson and Jane Rawson, all live in the Huon Valley.
What brought us here? What keeps us tied to this place? How does it change us and how do we change it? Our understanding of this place is deeply embedded in its nature and the Hartz Mountains are emblematic of that natural world. The national park is a landscape so dramatically different to the valley floor – its strange and ancient plants, its rock screes, its vast vistas or rapidly smothering clouds – but so near that we can visit it on a whim. What does it mean to have such majesty, to have a place so wildly inhuman, so close to home?
The fires of the past decade and the island’s drying, warming climate have rewritten – subtly or permanently – the ecosystems of Tasmania’s alpine areas. In future decades they will change even more. What does a change in the landscape and the living creatures of the Hartz Mountains mean for our understanding of and relationship with this place?
This project aims to grapple with these questions but, more than that, it is a love letter to a landscape found nowhere else on earth.
‘Suspended breath: a Hartz journey’ will be exhibited in the ARTBOX at Willie Smith from 3 December 2021 until 9 January 2022, with an opening night held on Friday 3 December from 5-7pm. Visual artist, Kat Scarlet, will attend the Willie Smith market every week from mid November until Christmas to discuss the work and answer questions.
On 10 January 2022 ‘Suspended breath: a Hartz journey’ will travel on to Hobart in ARTBOX and stay at Mawson Place Concourse until 9 February 2022.
See more on Kat’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/katscarletart
1 December 2021 – 9 January 2022
Willie Smiths Apple Shed – 2064 Huon Highway, Grove
10 January 2022 – 9 February 2022
Mawson Place, cnr Argyle Street and Morrison Street, Hobart