An Artist’s View of Flinders Island

There is no place quite like Flinders Island. One of the Furneaux Group of Bass Strait islands off the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, Flinders is a unique landscape rich in biodiversity and splendour. The granite coast is astonishing in form and colour: contours painted red, yellow and green with lichen sweep into the sea and boulders juxtaposed with ragged limestone cliffs, balance precariously. Each beach shares its fairytale in variations of aqua-blue water, white sand, chiselled arches and crimson rocks.

The ocean laps in gentle conversation or rages as crashing waves. Mount Strzelecki towers above, draped in clouds or glowing in the sun. This is a delightful place where seas meet mountain slopes, wildlife perches, calls or dances at nearly every corner, nights twinkle with endless stars, wind howls and locals welcome you like old friends.

The felt sense of peace on Flinders Island is coupled with sadness and abhorrence at the devastation for Aboriginal Tasmanians captured by European settlers and imprisoned at Wybalenna in the 1830’s and 40’s. It is a history that whispers in the landscape and weighs on your heart and mind.

You can purchase Flinders Island, a new book of photographs by Arwen Dyer and Wolfgang Glowacki, by contacting Arwen via her website www.arwendyer.com. Arwen’s Artist in Residence on Flinders Island, and the book, were crowd-funded by Pozible and a grant from Arts Tasmania. Her latest book, Luminosity: Star, Sky & Sea, will be launched at Fullers Bookstore, Hobart, at 5:30pm on the 19th of February 2015. Her photographs will also feature alongside those of other artists at Island Light, a photography exhibition, at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre from 23rd January to 4th February 2015. For more information, visit http://www.salarts.org.au/event/island-light/