Nicole O’Loughlin

The Hunt of the Thylacine

The Hunt of the Thylacine romanticises the extinction and endangerment of endemic Tasmanian flora and fauna. Whilst it is greatly acknowledged that the Thylacine has been wiped out, the continued use of the animal in logos and Tasmanian identity creates a softening of the extermination. Through this pattern of sentimentalising and folk lore the Thylacine becomes a mystical creature akin to the unicorn. Endemic plants, some of which are endangered themselves, are interspersed with silhouettes of invasive weeds. Appropriating The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries highlights the fatal European vision requiring the natural elements to be tamed and controlled to be appreciated as beautiful, which has had devastating effects on the Australian environment.