West Tamar Arts Group creates art as part of Artentwine Biennial Symposium

ABSTRACT: Joshua Mackinnon, 4, Philip Cooper, 10, Saskia Mackinnon, 6, Lukas Mackinnon, 2, Jilli Spencer, Ralf Haertel, Mabel Cooper, 8, Connie Law, 5, Earnest Law, 10, Zachary Goh. Picture: Toli Papadopoulos

ABSTRACT: Joshua Mackinnon, 4, Philip Cooper, 10, Saskia Mackinnon, 6, Lukas Mackinnon, 2, Jilli Spencer, Ralf Haertel, Mabel Cooper, 8, Connie Law, 5, Earnest Law, 10, Zachary Goh. Picture: Toli Papadopoulos

A group of home-schooled students have worked with the West Tamar Arts group to establish an ephemeral art workshop on Tamar Island. 

West Tamar Arts Group artist Ralf Haertel said the temporary nature project allowed students to see the land of the Tamar Estuary as a metaphor for human emotions. 

“We’ve used the local phragmites native reeds. It’s really about ephemeral art, it happens quickly, it responds to nature, really about what you can find,” he said.

West Tamar Arts Group artist Jilli Spencer said the art illustrated the transient nature of the environment. 

“It symbolises whatever you want really, it just dissolves and it doesn’t really have a lasting imprint.”  

Mr Haertel said the art took about two hours to complete. 

The art was observed by visitors on Saturday as part of this year’s Artentwine Biennial Symposium.

Mr Haertel said it complemented a discussion he moderated on the Saturday morning on Tasmanian form and place, and how to embed the idea of location into art.  

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