Claudia Woeltjes – What is Left


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. Many of us have experienced disaster in its different guises. Some forget to look back at the way things were.

My personal experience during the Roleystone–Kelmscott wildfires in 2011 compelled me to create an artwork using charcoal and wood ash blended with wax to represent the terrifying fires and their impact. A thin layer of oil reveals faint and faded memories on the paintings. It asks you “Can you imagine what it was like before?”

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