Penny Mason

Penny Mason

Over Land – Sassafras
  • dimensions

    88 x 88
  • medium

    watercolour on paper
  • Artist Statement & Bio

    Over Land - Sassafras, is one of a series is based on recollections of various locations in Tasmania. This work is organised as interspersed fragments of human belongings and vestiges of natural material found at a derelict farmhouse and in nearby cultivated paddocks and road cuttings. These elements are set in a field of dark red ochre, typical of the rich, volcanic soil found on the north west coast of Tasmania. The work draws links between natural systems, human presence and changes in the environment. It invites reflection on the impact of humans on places.  Bio (102 words) A graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art, (1970), Penny Mason’s painting career spans five decades. Recent solo exhibitions include; Weather Events, Moonah Art Centre, Contemplations, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston (2018), Floating Worlds, Raft south, Hobart (2016) and Found in Translation, s.p.a.c.e Gallery Launceston, (2014). Her landscape-based work is in the medium of watercolour. Her compositions utilise a randomizing technique based on the chance collages of Dada artist, Jean Arp. The effects of temperature, gravity, vibration and frost are also exploited. She is represented in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and Artbank as well as national and international private collections.