ARE WE EPICORMIC ?

This selection of works brings to focus one place, one story in this Anthropocene age where our human activities have predominately changed the Earth’s climate. It is a visual tale of a small farm on Kangaroo Island (a geological Noah’s Ark so it is said) that faced catastrophic fires not long ago. While bush fires are a regular occurrence there, extreme drought, heat and wind set the stage for an unprecedented crisis.

I have created these pastel drawings to envision this paradise rich with the summer’s harvest suddenly consumed by fire. Only those who had to run from the face of the firestorm know this fury. My personal awareness of this story however distant leaves me imagining the abundance, destruction and aftermath.

I have absorbed through online reading of reports and viewing photos some of the devasating effects on people. Then came the shots of epicormic growth of the eucalyptus, and other trees: the sense of renewal in nature is impressive especially as extreme weather conditions are seen as the “new normal” in our time. This adaptive growth has inspired the following paper reliefs and sculptures.

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