June Hope has a strong personal history with the Cradle Mountain region. Whilst visiting from Melbourne in 2006, she experienced a deep sense of unrest, with a niggling feeling to leave the hectic, professional life she had built in the city and explore a simpler, artistic lifestyle.
This profound experience ignited a deep, powerful and intense connectedness with Tasmania. Within a year, she had uprooted her city life to live firstly in the Cradle Mountain area and then on the Central North Coast.
Using hand-felted merino fleece, combined with natural fibres, stitching and mark-making, this exhibition tells the story of that journey with all its ups and downs, twists and turns. For June, it has been a challenging journey of personal exploration, vulnerability, love and loss, trust and serendipity. Her works explore the very personal experience of the ‘state of belonging’.
June hopes this theme might offer the viewer an opportunity to reflect upon what it might mean to belong.