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Strange Trees


Ruffels, TD, Strange Trees, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, pp. 4 (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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Strange Trees includes a range of artists' interpretations of Tasmanian trees across nearly 200 years: from enchanted or ravaged forests, to the depiction of humanised, symbolic, mythological and historically significant trees.

When the colonial painter John Glover arrived in Tasmania in 1831 he marvelled at the "remarkable peculiarity of the trees" and noted with delight that he could view the "country" through their branches and foliage. In response, the trees in his Tasmanian landscapes possess a unique character, their lively, tentacular branches appearing to command the land and its inhabitants.

Strange Trees observes an enduring fascination with the forms, beauty and, at times, mystery of Tasmanian trees, simultaneously capturing their significance to our experience of the land. While Glover's depiction of trees continues to influence artists today, it is Tasmania's extraordinary natural environment that has inspired artists across time to depict trees in strange and evocative ways.

Exhibiting artists are John Glover, Pat Brassington, Neil Haddon, David Keeling, Jonathan Kimberley, Stephen Lees, Ricky Maynard, Milan Milojevic, Geoff Parr, Troy Ruffels, Michael Schlitz, David Stephenson, Meg Walch, Helen Wright, Richard Wastell, and Philip Wolfhagen.

Item Details

Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:art, photography, landscape, Tasmania, trees
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Ruffels, TD (Dr Troy Ruffels)
ID Code:138052
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Art
Deposited On:2020-03-22
Last Modified:2020-03-24

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