In the wake of the 2019/20 bushfires, Katherine Boland was selected as one of ten artists - six from Australia and four from the United States, to participate in OUTPUT: ART AFTER FIRE  - a pilot project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through their Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program. This project supported fire-affected communities in southeast NSW and the American west by assisting visual artists and creative writers, whose practice had been affected by bushfire, to make new artwork about their experiences. 

In this ongoing body of work, Katherine explores themes of destruction, ephemerality and change, inside/outside, transparency and pattern, colonial overlay and land/nature and culture dichotomies.

The Burning Bush

While the World Burns


After experiencing the 2019/20 bushfires which decimated my region on the fFar South Coast of New South Wales, I have been compelled to make art with fire itself to raise awareness about global warming.

Launched in 1947, the symbolic Doomsday Clock was created by scientists as an indicator of the world’s susceptibility to apocalypse. The closer the time is set to midnight, the closer the world is considered to be to catastrophe. Seventy years ago, the clock was set at seven minutes to midnight. Today, it is set at 100 seconds to midnight.

In this work, I used photo-editing software to composite images of paint-splattered timber panels, burnt with a blow torch in my studio, to create an abstracted Doomsday Clock. This burnt and blistered disk, a scorched Earth suspended in dark space, speaks to my fear that we are running out of time to stop the catastrophic impact of human-induced climate change. It is a call to action to save our precious planet before it is too late.

Banksia Wallpaper Collection

Fireground

Two Lost Souls Swimming in a Fishbowl

Landscape in Char/Coal 

Fire Flora

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