After The Fires by Claudia Woeltjes
Size: 760mm x 860mm x 50mm
Landscapes change not only because of habitation and human interference but also in response to climate change. We need only look at landscape paintings from different eras to see the extent of these changes as we reflect on what surrounds us today.
As a narrative artist, I explore how natural disasters transform our landscape rapidly in unexpected ways, leaving us to exist in a world that is both foreign yet hauntingly familiar.
The recent fires in the Roleystone region devastated a large tract in the Canning Mills area. Three weeks after the fires were extinguished, the forest shows regeneration and with that presents a myriad of colours. This painting depicts the ferocity of the past fires and focuses on the resilience nature brings us.