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My family home near Eden was destroyed in the bushfire last year and this led me to thinking of the way the light changes as a fire approaches, burns and passes on. To show this change and, as a cathartic experience, I decided to make this artwork. The plate for these 3 prints was a sheet of cardboard into which I carved a typical Australian suburb or small town. The blue of the first print shows a summer’s day with blue sky and everything peaceful but maybe a touch of smoke in the air. Suddenly a raging inferno devours the houses and the surrounding bush turning even the sky red. Afterwards there is only ash and charcoal.
There is a red glow in the cityscape. It could be the beauty of a sunset or the terror of approaching flames. The plate for this collagraph print was made by sticking various papers and plastics onto a piece of cardboard and printing it twice — first in blue and then in red.
Our land and waters are littered with discarded containers. I am making a small attempt at recycling by using the inside of foil lined containers as dripoint plates. I scribe my design into the tinfoil and then print it using a press and water based inks. The colour of this print is inspired by the contents of the box I used (tasty salted licorice).