Vicky Watts: Buangor
26 Feb 2019 - 9 May 2019
Burke Gallery, Gateway Building, Trinity College
Trinity College presents Buangor - a series of paintings by artist Vicky Watts exploring the rugged bushland of Mt Buangor State Park in the aftermath of a controlled burn.
These depictions of singed landscapes invoke the regeneration which stems from the blaze.
At odds with its destructive nature, only the heat from a bushfire fire can trigger germination in certain native flora -a hopeful light amongst the blackened trunks of the charred forest.
Mount Buangor State Park stands at the far end of the Great Dividing Range, 60 kilometres west of Ballarat, in Victoria's southern Pyrenees Ranges. The park's highest peak, Mount Buangor itself, rises almost 1000m above sea level.
While the surrounding country is predominately agricultural, and despite the early logging industry in the area, the slopes of Mount Buangor and its neighbouring summits have returned to their original, densely forested state.
Beereep-Beereep, meaning 'wild mount', is the name given to these bushlands in the Djab Wurrung language of the Beeripmo balug people, upon whose country it stands.
Yarra Gums and Manna Gums jostle alongside the creek flats, Red Stringybarks predominate in the park's west, while Messmates and Blue Gums prefer the coolness of the southern slopes. The lush gullies in the mountain's folds teem with tree ferns, while Snow Gums litter the higher reaches of the summit.
Melbourne artist and College alumna Vicky Watts (TC 1980) has a studio at her rural farming property a short distance from Mount Buangor, which she visited for the first time in 2010 in the aftermath of a controlled burn:
The reality of Australia's environment and climate makes bush fires an inevitability during the summer. But losses caused to humans are often at odds with the natural environment.
My depictions of the singed landscapes throw a positive spin on the connotations of bush fires, invoking the regeneration which stems from the blaze.
When & Where
Date/s: Tuesday 26th February 2019 - Thursday 9th May 2019
Times: Tues and Thurs 10am-4pm
Location⊜ 100 Royal Pde Parkville | Google Map
✆ (03) 9348 7527
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