Hazelhurst Arts Centre in Gymea in Sydney is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, a great achievement in a suburban location not known for cultural activities. Since its inception on 2000 I have had the opportunity to exhibit my work there many times, both in the Regional Gallery where curated exhibitions are hosted, and in the Broadhurst Gallery which houses exhibitions from the local art community. It’s exciting to have my work included among 350 artists in this commemorative celebration, and even more exciting to have my image featured in the Sydney Morning Herald this week! The image is created from photographs taken soon after the great bushfires early in 2020 on the NSW South coast.
‘Black heart’ refers to darkness inherent in our ideas of land and belonging, darkness at the heart of our political system, and the charcoal in vistas of devastated landscapes. The mandala-style images invite a meditative experience of place, revealing heart-aching beauty in the bushfire devastation (NSW South Coast 2020).