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 just a year ago. While bush fires are a regular occurrence there, extreme draught, heat and wind set the stage for an unprecedented crisis.

I have created these pastel drawings and paper sculptures to consider this paradise rich with the summer’s harvest suddenly consumed by colossal fires and what now follows. Only those who had to run from the face of the firestorm know that fury. Made aware from afar, however, leaves me imagining the abundance, destruction and aftermath. The fire adaptation by native eucalyptus trees begs the question “Are we epicormic ? “

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