This work is part of my personal journey to understand and acknowledge damages colonisation has inflicted on the people and land I live with. To find a way through that knowledge and build an honest relationship to people and place.
Individual organisms growing enmass, excluding all but the most resilient few that manage to survive in disturbed ecosystems. Selected to adapt quickly to the available resources, resilient and prolific.
Myself, my ancestors, and my descendants resemble a plantation forest, along with the multitudes of families who have been the mechanisms of colonisation. We have grown and adapted to these conditions; strived to become rooted to this land.
Failing to see ourselves as a collective culture, educated in individualism, we do not understand the depths of disturbance and inequality our presence has made.
Kelly Slater is a female lens-based artist exploring the space between love of the natural environment and exploitation of it in Lutruwita / Tasmania.