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Incendiary – set on fire

TheBurningWorld Acrylic on paper 100 x 120cm 2018
TheBurningWorld       acrylic on paper    100 x 120cm    2018

 

This large artwork is part of an exciting exhibition project ‘Incendiary – set on fire’ in the UK curated by Australian contemporary art/textiles curator Patricia Brien

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Speaking Fires

UnforgettableFires 2016 oil on plywood box
UnforgettableFires 2016 oil on plywood box 32 x 40 cm

This painting was the most enjoyment I have had making a commission to date. The 18 year old who this was commissioned for was adamant she would ‘love a paddle steamer burning on a river and a moon too’. Having not encountered such a plain speaking commission before I set to work and was pleased where it was heading. What was unexpected and wonderfully Tao as I was making this painting was that these other fires started appearing. Fires of striking shearers? Aboriginal fires? What happened was the land started unfolding suggestive threads and this dutch landscape meets the Darling River came into being.. transforming a discarded museological specimen tray along the way into an objet d’art