Vale Mandy Martin

The Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Environmental History Network notes with great sadness the passing of the great Australian artist, Mandy Martin, on 10 July 2021. Nationally and internationally recognised for her art, Mandy was a committed environmentalist and conservationist, who aimed “to lift the environmental consciousness of her fellow Australians“. Her works are held by major Australian and international galleries, and her epic painting Red Ochre Cove hangs in the Main Committee Room of Parliament House, Canberra.

Mandy was committed to interdisciplinary work, and many working in environmental history and the environmental humanities will know the inspiring works that emerged from her collaborations, including: Tracts: Back o’Bourke (1997), Watersheds: the Paroo to the Warrego (1999), Inflows: the Channel Country (2001), Strata: Deserts Past, Present and Future (2005), and Desert Channels: The Impulse to Conserve (2010).

Tom Griffiths has reflected on Mandy’s art, career, and commitment to interdisciplinary work in an extended essay for Inside Story, The beauty and the terror.

Libby Robin’s review essay on Mandy Martin’s and Alexander Boyne’s exhibition “Hi-Vis Futures” (2019-2020), exploring art and climate futures, is available at ICEHO.

A 2014 essay by South African historian Jane Carruthers for the Rachel Carson Center also pays tributes to Mandy’s work and explorations.

More information on Mandy Martin’s work can be found at her homepage and at Australian Galleries.

Mandy Martin at work at Mulligan River, Cravens Peak Reserve, 2009. Photo: Tom Griffiths.