Zoe Grey is an emerging contemporary painter who grew up in Marrawah, in far Northwest lutruwita/Tasmania. Zoe graduated with First Class Honours from the School of Creative Arts and Media, University of Tasmania in 2018. She has exhibited nationally, with solo shows in Tasmania and NSW and her work is held in private collections internationally. Zoe was finalist in the 2021 Hadley’s Art Prize and the 2021 Paddington Art Prize. She has undertaken a residency on King Island, Tasmania and is about to embark on a residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland. She is currently based in nipaluna/Hobart, pursuing her practice at the Artist Run Initiative Good Grief Studios.
I acknowledge the original and ongoing custodians of the land this work stands on, the Gadigal people and pay my deepest respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge their unbroken connection to country. I extend this respect to the traditional owners of the land this work was made on, the Muwinina people and the land this work is about, the Peeraper people.
I make paintings about my home, Marrawah, a remote coastal town on the western edge of lutruwita/Tasmania. The landscape is raw and rugged, the weather uniquely wild. I grew up there, in a house on the oceans shore with my family. I have always felt a strong connection to my home, to the memories it holds, to the way it has shaped me.
I now spend most of my time in nipaluna/Hobart, so these paintings respond to place through distance – memory and familiarity offering a painterly guide. Marrawah is a place I know intimately, but each time I return, it offers me something new – a particular bend in a tree I hadn’t noticed or a certain patch of lichen shining differently in the autumn light. I paint to capture these evolving experiences of that landscape, to nurture and unpack my feelings for that place.