This painting developed over a long period of contemplation on the dynamics of natural relationships. Specifically, bushfire, human endeavour and luck after the Cudlee Creek bushfire (Friday, 20 December, 2019).
A reminder of perpetual change, the crazed texture represents erratic wildfire and reactions from flora, fauna, and humankind. The crimson haze represents the pink retardant dropped near the Lobethal Woollen Mill from the Boeing 737 water-bomber aircraft.
The Lobethal Woollen Mill is an inspirational collection of heritage buildings melding into the social history of the township. Each building changes with the time of day, the weather and my own interpretations, nurturing makers and creators since 1869, when the Onkaparinga Blanket was first made.
More than 200 X-rays were found while cleaning out the roof-space of a 1930s purpose-built doctor’s residence in the Adelaide Hills. Dating between 1936 and 1947, the majority are in readable condition and catalogued by name, date and physiology.