“The sea is my obsessive passion and in this series I have combined it with my love of abstraction.
My connection with the water of the inlet, river or open sea has been a constant throughout my life, from childhood days of dinghy sailing through to my later interest in windsurfing. The nostalgia associated with the landscape of these experiences is an important element of my work both thematically and emotionally. I aim to capture not only something of the experience of that landscape but also the movement through it.
I have been fascinated by the idea of being able to vicariously relive the experience of journeying through familiar landscapes through digital and painterly images derived from Google Earth and GPS overlays that document the fast, sinuous marks of windsurfers at various coastal sites throughout Tasmania. These images invoke a memory or feeling of being immersed in salty water, the gleam of aquatic surfaces, the shallow beaches and constant movement of waves.
The traces left by windsurfers are soon erased by time and tide, and the only evidence that they were ever part of the landscape is the digital residue of GPS tracking and the salt on their skin.” Robyn Harman, 2016