Seeing lutruwita is a series of works on paper that examine the textures, stories and pneuma of the Tasmanian landscape by emerging Tasmanian artist Chloe Papastavrou.
“I am fascinated by this place and the stories it holds” says Chloe.
“These paintings depict a number of landscapes that I have spent time contemplating. On the surface the beauty of a river, a mountain or track draws my attention but the more time spent there the landscape reveals itself beyond the aesthetic. My aim is to translate the connection I have to this place while also examining its past and contemporary reality. As I see, move through and paint these places I cannot help but ponder its pre-invasion state. I try to imagine the palawa clans that lived, traded, cultivated and thrived on these lands. As we listen, read and learn more about First Nations people of lutruwita it becomes instinctive to view the landscape through this lens. Ultimately, this work considers a number of vantage points both the physical and intangible.”
Chloe is an emerging artist making abstract works inspired by the landscape of lutruwita (Tasmania). Her work is motivated by and reflects both the vastness and intimacy of this place. Growing up along Kanamaluka/Tamer River has provided an endless source for artistic exploration. Chloe has a Bachelor of Arts and Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania and has been a finalist in the Hobart City Art Prize and Henry Jones Art Prize.