There is a busy, chaotic feel to my work; a world of debris and clutter that one often finds in the Australian landscape. I often search for places that have a heightened sense of drama and find it particularly in subjects that are in an advanced stage of collapse and decay.
The subject of this painting is a mine-tailings pond at Savage River in Tasmania. It is a place of conflict, a landscape where both human interests and wildness compete. Paradoxically, it is also a place of beauty at odds with the drama that is unfolding.
Nicholas Blowers, 2020