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A Northern Tasmanian artist, Carol Barnett’s work combines her understanding of Tasmanian colonial history with expressive painting. With a studio in Entally house she is aware of the changes that English settlement brought to the land and to the indigenous population. Her mysterious paintings evoke the sublime landscapes of nineteenth century English painting but on close examination the surfaces have been abraded and distressed, paralleling land clearing and ploughing. The smoke that rises from valleys is expressive of indigenous campfires and farming practices but also depicts the wilderness aflame in these times of climate change. Carol’s works are titled from the writings and journals of Lachlan Macquarie and others, using words better suited to the cool green climate of England than here.

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