'In Recovery - Blue Mountains VI' belongs to a series of works motivated by the increasing global crisis we are... Read More
'In Recovery - Blue Mountains VI' 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 (comprising of three prints) 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
(5) Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, T.J. Demos, pg12, Sternberg Press 2016
FOR THE PURPOSES OF SUBMISSION:
I have combined two images into one. The left hand
side of the image presents how the work would be hung. The right hand side of
the image shows a close up of the three prints that comprise the work.