'In Recovery - Blue Mountains II' belongs to a series of works motivated by the increasing global crisis we are facing due to climate change.
The devastating 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season resulted in more than 10 million hectares burnt, (1) including 80% of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and more than 50% of the Gondwana World Heritage Rainforests destroyed (2). Lives and homes were lost with approximately 3 billion animals affected (3). It may take centuries for these areas to fully recover, with the risk of rare species and ecosystems lost forever. (4)
In March 2020 I travelled to the Blue Mountain World Heritage Area and although there were signs of recovery, the area was fragile, taking tentative steps toward recovery, only to be impacted almost immediately by Covid -19. This work is a presentation of both the fragility and resilience of the natural world. A representation of a moment in time that is a suggestion of a space existing between what is seen and unseen, reflecting the uncertainty of our global future.
'What is needed is a systemic shift in reorganizing social, political and economic life, in order to bring us into harmony with the world around us, including its human and nonhuman forms.' (5)
(1) WWF Website - https://support.wwf.org.uk/australia-bushfires. Accessed 15.07.2020
(2) The Guardian Website - www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/17/its-heart-wrenching-80-of-blue-mountains-and-50-of-gondwana-rainforests-burn-in-bushfires. Accessed 07.07.2020
(3) WWF Website - https://support.wwf.org.uk/australia-bushfires. Accessed 15.07.2020
(4) ABC News website - https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-01-15/blue-mountains-bushfire-recovery/11869056. Accessed 15.07.2020
(5) Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, T.J. Demos, pg12, Sternberg Press 2016