Ash Abounds by Matthew McAlpine
Medium: Acrylic, sand, fluorescent pigment and binder on canvas
Size: 122 x 90 x 4
Ash Abounds, continues on from McAlpine’s recent body of work, Beneath the Radiant Southern Cross. The series of paintings attempt to reflect upon the intersection and toxicity of colonialism and nationalism in contemporary Australia.
Ash Abounds, rendered in a selective palette with a thick and gritty surface attempts to poetically reference landscape, bushfires and the leaching of toxins into the environment. The use of high-vis colours references the fossil fuel industry and their complicity in environmental degradation and exploitation. Embedded in the middle of the work are the words Ash Abounds, playfully reworking words from the Australian national anthem in attempt to reference the role that political inaction on climate change has had on the frequency and severity of recent bushfires.