The images used in Patersonia are a deliberate interplay on the pre and post settlement history of Launceston. Lieutenant Colonel William Paterson founded Patersonia (now called Launceston) in 1805 and the endemic iris ‘Patersonia fragilis’ was named after him. The artwork juxtaposes images of the beautiful purple flowering Patersonia fragilis with early maps of Launceston and a woven form made from the leaves of the Patersonia fragilis plant by indigenous artist Vicki West. The corrugated form and alternating image panels create a visual tension between the natural environment and manmade urban form. The angular forms also encourage the viewer to see the work as a 3 dimensional form in space and in the process invigorates the space with movement, colour and reflected light.
This public artwork was commissioned by City Prom in Launceston.
Julie Stoneman is a visual artist and landscape architect with experience working across different disciplines and conceptual approaches. Julie has completed ten Tasmanian state government public art projects located in schools, Hospitals and LINC centres across the state. Her photographic installations include the Royal Hobart Hospital Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Low Head Pilot Station, Smithton District Hospital, Paterson’s Lane (Launceston) and the Tasmanian Audit office. Sculptural public art projects include the Lansdowne Crescent Primary School (Cloud Seats), Kingsmeadows High school (Optic Shimmer) and the Rosny LINC (Hyperlink sculptural seat).
Ms Stoneman started her public art career with the Hobart City Council’s North Hobart Community Pavement project where she worked with over 100 North Hobart residents to create multicultural patterned ceramic pavers integrated into the North Hobart pavement. Other Hobart City Council pavement projects include the Bidencopes Lane project (Hobart) where she worked with homeless youth on the creation of integrated laneway text and the Criterion St Pavement project (Hobart) where she integrated cast aluminium and coloured concrete throughout the streetscape.
Through her role as Hobart City Council Landscape Architect, Ms Stoneman also designed the national award winning Victoria Cross Memorial at the Cenotaph, Queens Domain and numerous public spaces around in and around Hobart.
She now runs her Topology Design practice from the Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart, developing her visual arts practice including pen and ink drawings, fabric and ceramic designs.
Ms Stoneman’s visual arts work is represented at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Tasmania Collection and ArtBank Australia as well as in numerous private collections. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Ceramic Design CIT (Melbourne), Fine Arts Degree from the University of Tasmania as well as a Post Graduate Degree in Landscape Architecture from QUT (Brisbane).