Rust and Wood

This work honours the trauma inflicted upon the land, animals, insects and eco-system by the December 2020 fires in Morton National Park, Bundanoon.

 

Regeneration happens, but that red sky, that burning inferno also happened. Animals died and land burnt. I love that bushland. I still love it. This work is an expression of my love.

It is made from wood dyed with leaves collected in Morton National Park prior to the fire and then embellished by the disturbingly beautiful burnt rust I collected in the park directly after the fire. The burn is etched into this rust. A record of trauma, survival and complex darkness and the beauty and transformation inherent in this process.

 

Most importantly these works are odes of love – written with plant dye and flames – to the bush I have walked in for decades.