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Analgesic Field (NW Tasmania), painting selected for the Wynne Prize 2011


Haddon, N, Analgesic Field (NW Tasmania), painting selected for the Wynne Prize 2011, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1, pp. 1 (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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Tasmania produces over fifty per cent of the world’s pharmaceutical opiates derived from poppy straw. This figure used to be higher (up to eighty per cent). Many of the poppy fields are located the North of Tasmania. In January and February the local print media often carries accounts of the state of the poppy industry as the crop nears harvest. I have thought of artists like John Glover coming to Tasmania and painting his pioneering images to send back to England. These may have been seen as pleasingly exotic images from the Colonies that offered an interesting distraction to domestic scenes. In the series of paintings that includes ‘Analgesic Fields (NW Tasmania)’ I am thinking of Tasmania’s export of pain-killing opiates, of it’s current status as an analgesic island offering the possibility of temporary relief in dark times. Glover’s view of workers gathering golden harvests (the tamed Gothic wilderness) is replaced by dark imagery caught between the business-like export of respite and the brooding recognition of pain and suffering. This work reverses the once held vision of Tasmania as a wild inhospitable place and suggests that this might now be a view outwards from this palliative location.

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Item Type:Published Creative Work
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:Haddon, N (Dr Neil Haddon)
ID Code:71282
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Art (Hobart)
Deposited On:2011-07-13
Last Modified:2018-02-06

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