During the bushfires in the summer of 2019/20, locals experienced something that had previously been unimaginable—wilderness forests burning in intense forest fires, including precious tracts of Gondwana rainforest. I experienced the fires from our property in Stony Chute near Nimbin, which is close to Terania Creek and Mt Nardi. The areas on Beechmont Plateau and northern parts of Lamington National Park north of the border burnt, including the historic Binna Burra Lodge which was located on Mt Roberts. The paintings in the ‘Fire’s On’ series are an exploration of one of the great challenges of our time – the impacts of climate on our natural landscape.
The painting is in acrylics on canvas. Under the painting is a map of the northern part of Lamington National Park, including the road up to Binna Burra Lodge which you can see traces of in the right hand top corner. I have layered colours, and collaged hand-painted and found papers in this work and used drawing medium (pencils) and charcoal found on site at Binna Burra in the mark-making, to link to the remnants of the bush-fires. The painting is sealed using a satin varnish with some shine. The painting is ready to hang! Its frame is secured with d-rings and a wire hanger on the reverse.