“A stunningly moving, heart wrenching exhibition. Thank you.”
Long before the fires occurred, Fabrik had scheduled an exhibition curated for the 2020 Fringe Festival by Jo Wilmont, titled Solastalgia.
The exhibition was intended to offer artist perspectives on the loss of environment due to climate change. While the topic was painfully relevant in what was becoming a “Black Summer” across the country, all involved in the exhibition were concerned that the content may trigger additional trauma for fire affected residents. The artists decided the exhibition would be adapted to offer a place of solace for visitors, and the title was extended to Solastalgia: An Antidote to express this.
Reference to fire was minimised, and an installation by Evette Sunset incorporated lush, green grass, growing in the heart of the exhibition, to give respite from the blackened landscape outside.
The only visual reference to fire was a drawing, made directly onto the surface of the wall by Lobethal resident and artist Belinda Broughton. Depicting her block of land, before, during and after the fires, Belinda depicted her personal devastation using charcoal collected from the burnt remains of her family home.
This exhibition was an incredibly powerful experience for visitors, with many finding the artworks created a way for their own expression of grief and loss.
Jo Wilmot (curator)
“Drawing gives my disastrous loss a purpose”
Belinda Broughton drawing with charcoal sourced from the remains of her burnt home and property. Image Jo Wilmot
Evette Sunset, Eye of the Storm installation in front of Belinda Broughton’s wall drawing. Image Sam Oster
Louise Feneley, The Hope of the Dancing Garden, 2020, oil on linen. Image Sam Oster
Liz Butler, Palimpsest of Journey, 2020, 15 silkscreened pianola rolls using found materials, paints, natural pigments, inks. Image Sam Oster
Heidi Kenyon Undercover Overture (detail) 2020 Wollemi pine, U1 device with musical instrument digital interface, speaker, mixed media. Image Sam Oster
Jo Wilmot Mycelium in Mind (detail) 2020 restored timber trunks, perspex mirror, string, polyclay, wire, possum pelt, paint, black light blue light. Image Sam Oster
Laura Wills Fire Tree 2019, gauache, watercolour and ink on aerial photograph. Image Sam Oster
Image Sam Oster