‘Derwent reclaimed’ is a special collaboration between myself and local writer @amandalmackinnon who is the wordsmith behind @thetasmaniantuxedo.
Our merging of a poem and watercolour is designed to capture the quiet return of the Southern Right Whale to the River Derwent. It’s a phenomenon that’s filling the hearts of the people of nipulana/Hobart with both joy and shame. How wrong early colonists were to decimate the species in the 1800s – and how very lucky we are they are returning.
Alone through the gloom.
Shadowed by a timeless sense of grace,
Stretching back through the ages
Connecting her to echoes of ancestral calling.
Patience had triumphed over the malevolent beasts
Who ruled scarlet-stained waters,
To become seafaring merchants
Gilded in colonial lust.
Hope to cast her guttural bellow
Against the same rising shores of the township
Where generations past had murmured primordial melodies,
Frolicking fearlessly in the moonlight.
Secrets cast deep within ancient forests
Of the far flung highlands,
Would once again snake their way along timtumili minanya,
Tickling the cobalt underbelly of the wild Southern Ocean.
The return was nigh.
And her quiet confidence selected just the evening
When the sun played favourites with the river.
And the inhabitants on the shores rejoiced.
Written by Amanda Mckinnon
Illustrated by Sarah Pienig
In celebration of the launch of this unique Tasmanian artwork, 10 limited edition A3 prints have been especially commissioned.
Each A3 print is on high quality cotton rag archival paper and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the author and illustrator.
'Derwent reclaimed’ is also available as a beautiful non archival A4 print.
Please note, both A4 and A3 prints are unframed - allowing you to customise to suit your own decor.
Copyright to art works: All rights remain with the artist unless otherwise agreed in writing. The art work can not be used in marketing, sold on in any form, used in any profitable way without permission in writing by Sarah Pienig and/or Bosa Art Co.