Burnt Leaf 5By Alison Shirley
Textile (Cotton, Fabric, Thread), Print on fine art cotton rag
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This series was created when we started doing some fuel reduction on our property coming up to fire season. The leaves were disintegrating as they floated through the air and I could barely capture them before they became ash. It got me thinking about fire, about our current understanding of fire, or perhaps our misunderstanding of fire. All the rich, thorough and intimate knowledge Indigenous culture holds for the land, that we as a country have not respected or sought. So much loss. This single leaf for me speaks of the loss and disintegration of cultural respect, but also of hope and resilience, hope that we might be able to learn to rise out of the ashes of our mistakes and look at nature in a new way.
Photographic print on fine art cotton rag with white border
Hometown: Alice Spring, Northern Territory
Based in: Fryerstown, Central Victoria
My work ultimately speaks of my worship of light – it’s ability to dance with unspeakable beauty.
I was born in Alice Springs, NT in 1971. I still consider it my spirit’s home.
The expansive red earth horizons, blue skies and dry warmth still occupy my dreams.
However, I also love my current …
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