Drawing on a combination of memory, observation and emotional sensitivity McCollin-Walker’s evocative landscape paintings directly reference the beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness. Full of meticulous detail and a lightness of touch her fine, painterly technique provides a clear view into both the breathtaking splendour of these untamed places, as well as creating an opportunity for meditative contemplation. Atmospheric, light-filled and intricate, her images resonate with a sense of calm and inward reflection.
The work is inspired by the west coast of Tasmania and is a correlation of elements from the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain and Frenchmans Cap. There is something quite humbling about the grandeur and reverend solitude of this rugged terrain and the enduring grace, strength and beauty of the river, with its ancient forests and hill sides that converge around the water’s edge. I am intrigued by the delicate balance of contrasts which shape the landscape, the way in which the light dances over tree tops and mountain sides, whilst dark shadows find their home in the furthest recesses of the river. I had an instant connection to this beautiful place, it’s remote nature was ideal for self discovery and the perfect place to get lost and found in equal measure.
Artist Statement 2019
Originally hailing from Barbados, with years of living in urban centres such as London and Singapore, McCollin-Walker now lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania. She has held numerous exhibitions in Australia and internationally including at the Australian High Commission in Singapore in 2013 and the Benetton Foundation as part of the Venice Bienale in 2015 . She has been the recipient of various residencies and a finalist in numerous awards, most recently including the Bull Bay Artist Residency, Bruny Island (2017) and the Cliftons Art Prize, Singapore (2016). Her work is represented in private and public collections internationally.