Take Me Back to the Blue Rag Range
mild steel, enamel, silver
smallest 7 x 3 x 2.5cm, largest 17 x 9.5 x 8cm
Time spent in the landscape of the Victorian High Country severely affected by the 2009 bushfires is the motivation for this work. Even some years after the fires, hectare after hectare of native forest remained devastated. Incalculable numbers of dead trees stand in the landscape. While tragic, a quiet and haunting beauty remains. The panorama of burnt dead trees standing like towering matchsticks is austere and ghostly. A strong sculptural aesthetic manifests. As a mass and individually, their shimmering silvery trunks contrast with large expanses of pure black charcoal – they remain as hollow vessels in the native forest. Colour is absent in this landscape. A strong sense of endless distance and space is evident. Ridge-lines of mountains fading into the horizon appear as unreachable silvery silhouettes.