BLACK SUMMER
Kangaroo Island
After the fires
Hand painted photography, acrylics & charcoal on cotton rag
Opening
Greg Combet, AO
GalleryEast, 21 Burnie St, Clovelly, Sydney,
March 3, 6-8PM
Gadigal Smoking Ceremony
Exhibiting
March 3-13, Thurs-Sun, 11am-6pm

CHARCOAL LANDSCAPES

Climate crisis, March, 2020: Between fire & pandemic I stand among the ashes of Kangaroo Island.

When the inferno savaged half the island around two million kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, pygmy possums, goannas & endangered dunnarts perished.  Others injured & traumatised lost their homes & habitat.

I followed one bewildered roo amidst the ruins of a resort & returned him on canvas to the charred remains of his home & habitat.  He leads us across the island from the sand dunes to the malee & beyond.

PHOENIX BLOOMS

Amidst the devastation, at the base of charred tree stumps, lime,lemon, peach & pink leaf bloom. These I gather with my camera, upend and arrange in vases - images of hope & renewal

Upside down, but still rooted in the ground, the flora arrangements alternatively relax and tease the eye, creating retinal art.  An unstill life.

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FIRE SMOKE

Smoke engulfed us all.  We were struck by images of flames, death & destruction on all media.  We wore masks pre-Covid.  My grandchildren Rothko & Lola depict the raw emotion & colours that haunted our dreams