Harriet Geater-Johnson

1080 Series #1, 2023

25 × 15 × 25 cm
Despite being skilled at reading human gestures and at evolving to their surroundings, dingoes now appear destined on a trajectory of eradication. The contribution of poisoning through bait such as 1080, trapping to reduce livestock loss and the degradation of their genetics through breeding with domestic wild dogs has all taken a toll. Performing a vital role in ecological systems, a stable population of dingoes in the wild, could maintain an equilibrium amongst other native, prey species. 1080 is a highly efficacious poison and impacts the nervous and cardio systems over a period of time, resulting in death and suffering. Since colonisation humans have had an uneasy and conflicting relationship with dingos, here the sodium monofluoroacetate creates an obvious toxic reaction and repulsion, its existence a metaphor for introduction, conflict and human intervention.

Harriet Geater-Johnson is interested in exploring the conflict, and cohesion between animals and humans, and how their often invasive presence causes a continual impact to the natural environment. Her pieces are often zoomorphic, and attempt to show the precarious position that animals find themselves in due to human intervention. Geater-Johnson hand sculpts each piece.
Selected Finalist Exhibitions
Heysen Landscape Prize, Hahndorff, SA (December 2023) Highly Commended Prize Recipient
Solo ‘Road Toll,’ – Sauerbier House, SA (November 2022)
NQ Ceramics Prize, Townsville (July 2022)
The Waterhouse Prize, Adelaide (July 2022)
The North Sydney Art Prize, NSW (May 2022)
Adelaide Hills Landscape Prize, SA (December 2021)

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