linocut; unique print
Winner – 2021 Geelong acquisitive print award
Courtesy of the artist, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, and Beaver Galleries, Canberra
I started dreaming about fire after my mother died some years ago. Last summer, watching the smoke rolling in quiet and dense over Canberra brought these dreams and subsequent investigations into a new realm of contemplation.
Latency is about the fragile veils of landscape waiting for what is to come. The work is printed on both sides to encourage a feeling of both looking in and looking out through a curtain, but both with a sense of disquiet, of unknowing, but also with a knowing that something this way comes that we must next endure.
There is a great collective sadness in losing the idea of the Australian bush as ‘eternal’ or ‘invincible’, but there is always hope: for with our considered help there can be regeneration of both place and spirit.