An exhibition of watercolour works on paper by Tasmanian artist Penny Mason that embodies a preoccupation with both the fragility and endurance of ecosystems and the cultures they sustain. Inspired by ideas of landscape in the context of Tasmania, the works are fragmented, sometimes tranquil, sometimes dynamic, suggesting landscape features, cosmic events, microscopic worlds and memories all at once. Using several randomising techniques that exploit temperature, gravity, vibration and (occasionally) frost etching, Penny creates fields and surfaces that evoke landscape features and details within. Ideas about how to incorporate immediate physical and emotional experiences of being in a place or landscape alongside diverse points of view, memories and narratives form the basis of her explorations.
A graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art (1970), and Monash University MFA (Research) (2004), Penny Mason’s painting career spans four decades. She has participated in many group shows and undertaken regular two-person and solo exhibitions since first exhibiting alongside Ilme Simmul at the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne (1977). Recent solo exhibitions include: Weather Events, Moonah Art Centre; Contemplations, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston (2018); Floating Worlds, Raft south, Hobart (2016); Found in Translation, s.p.a.c.e Gallery, Launceston (2014) and Colour Circles, Outward Gallery, Launceston (2013).
Her work derives from ideas that circulate around the idea of landscape in the context of Tasmania, particularly the representation of land, country, sites, and views. She generates compositions using several randomising techniques and exploits temperature, gravity, vibration and (occasionally) frost etching to create fields and surfaces that evoke landscape features and details within.
She has won the Corangamarah Art Prize, Cororooke, Victoria (2018); Tasart Exhibition Major Open Award, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania (2017); Tasmanian Art Award at Eskleigh (2015) and the Bay of Fires Art Prize (2014). She has received minor awards at the Martin Hanson Award, Gladstone (2018 and 2014) and Tasmanian Art Award at Eskleigh (2014).
She is represented in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and Artbank as well as national and international private collections.