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Magma currents inwardly circle floating landforms through global transformation in deep time…


Rocky Cape and the Grand Canyon rifted apart 1.5 billion years ago.

Zircon jewels shine their secrets, reconnecting landmasses split from the first super-continent.

Journey through the Rocky Cape geological floating worlds, hidden in full view.

FLOATING WORLDS is a poetic response to the Geology of Tasmania’s Nth West coast. These landforms were originally formed billions of years ago in the northern hemisphere within the planets first super-continent.  The Rocky Cape Group of rocks were once connected to the Nth American landmass at the Grand Canyon and demonstrate the dynamic movement of tectonic plates across the globe over 1.5 billion years. The Floating Worlds exhibition, draws inspiration from, and articulates the wonders of these well-travelled rocks.

Julie Stoneman’s visual arts practice focuses on amplifying the richness of Tasmania’s unique geological landscapes. Her primary medium is ink, and her work is a fusion of techniques. Gestural throwing of ink floods the paper creating layers of colour, whilst metallic inks settle into textures and flow lines imitating geological processes, once carried out at a global scale over billions of years. Complimenting this richness Julie draws with pen and ink integrating and amplifying the imagery. The layered ink imagery tells this compelling story with a contemporary and abstracted visual narrative.

Julie’s FLOATING WORLDS residencies and field trips have been informed by recent geological research overseen by Dr Jacqueline Halpin (UTAS). Dr Halpin has been pivotal in ‘unpacking’ the complex and layered geology of the North West Coast for Julie to then reinterpret in a visual journey that uncovers some of the mysteries of the formation of Tasmania. Dr Jacqueline Halpin will open the Exhibition.

Thursday 7 – Sunday 17 October 2021
10:00am – 5:00pm daily

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Salamanca Arts Centre
77 Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Tasmania, Australia

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