16 October, 2022
Big skies inspire exhibition
A FORMER Melbourne-based artist who moved to the Tablelands four years ago is opening a new exhibition inspired by the land-scape and skies of the region.
Rose Knight said when she relocated to Atherton in 2018, she was immediately captivated by the vast pristine spaces and dramatically contrasting seasons in the skies.
“Far North Queenslanders are blessed to have so many natural wonders at our door-step, so enjoying our glorious big sky country without the crowds during Covid border closures has been an incredible and unique experience,” she said.
“I am fundamentally a landscape artist, but I will not paint what doesn’t move me within.
“I will not paint a reflection, but rather a footprint of the energy that emanates from such powerful places and which demand to be acknowledged and remembered in the heart.
“It is my quest as an artist to find the perfect language to convey these impressions, and hopefully broaden the empathy for such majestic locations.”
“Big Sky Country” is a 45-piece homage to the Atherton Tablelands region and will be on show at Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns until 6 November.
Rose says the exhibition reflects the “meeting and sharing of my adopted environment in all its aspects”.
“From the reef, to rainforests, to Tablelands and waterfalls, Savannah bush and red dirt outback with an emphasis on the spectacular skies that are ours alone,” she said.
“My intent is the hope of inspiring locals and visitors alike to explore this wonderful state further – It makes me want to cross my heart and kiss the sky.”