WHAT THE JUDGES SAID OF TERRITORY
The painting is intense with violence and yet, it is quiet. The machine hacking into the tree is brutal. There is an acknowledgement of colonisation, represented through a well-researched journey into local history; however the artist brings these to light in a way that is nuanced and contemporary. The palette allows the artist to add and subtract, developing many layers of darkness and shadow, and in so doing, he does not allow us to ignore the darkness and awareness of our history.