Of Embers, by James Tylor & Rebecca Selleck, Katrin Koenning, Tom Goldner and Isabella Capezio is an exhibition exploring the cultural status of fire in Australia
The Black Summer bushfires of 2019 and 2020 are still smoking in the mind. Intensified by climate change, these ‘megafires’ left behind the largest burnt expanse witnessed on earth in the modern record.
Fire itself is pure paradox: essential for survival and yet capable of destroying life. Of Embers brings together the work of artists who have responded to this episode and the history and cultural status of fire in Australia.
James Tylor and Rebecca Selleck’s Fire Country installation speaks to fact that fire has always been here and exists within a totality of deep ecological and cultural time, folded into Indigenous knowledge and experience over millennia. Katrin Koenning’s photographs visualise an earthen poetics seen in the polarities of ash and snow on Lake Mountain. Tom Goldner’s photographs for Do Brumbies Dream in Red visualise the paradoxical status of both brumby and fire in the Australian landscape and imagination. Isabella Capezio’s assemblage of photographs, videos and found and made objects addresses the slippage between the recorded image and the multi-sensorial experience of the reality of fire.
There are no images of the raging inferno in this exhibition. These artists portray the aftermath of fire and the consequences for landscapes and sensitive ecologies knocked off balance by human impact, now in recovery. Of Embers is a creative call for awareness that addressing this balance rests with us.
Dates: 26 November 2022 to 5 February 2023
Times of opening: Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm or Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Venue: Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
Join us to celebrate the launch of Of Embers.
Date: Thursday 8 December 2022
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
Venue: ArtSpace at Realm
The launch will include a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country.
RSVP through the link below.
Alternatively you can RSVP by phone by phoning 0459 487 132.