Stella Downer Fine Art
1/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017
The work in this exhibition is both a celebration of landscape, and a lament of the way humanity treats the natural world.
Results of bushfires are visually fascinating despite the devastation. Textures and colours found in the aftermath, and the signs of regeneration rising from the ashes have been influential in the making of these sculptures. The play of leaves in branches, scars and stains on bark, the texture of burnt wood represented here pay homage to the environment.
The contrast of new growth and burnt vegetation is shown in the materials used. These include recycled copper fashioned into twigs and leaves, discarded grapevines, spent gum nuts, remnants of burnt wood from the forest floor, all of which represent nature; and found materials such as an old WARNING sign, hat blocks and shoe lasts.