Tracing the psychological and physical impact of fire, Fireworks reflects the experiences of a diverse group Australian artists. In recent years, fires have had a profound effect on the nation?s psyche, yet fire has been a part of life well before the arrival of European settlers and used as a land management tool by indigenous inhabitants.
Recent devastation caused by drought and fire has emphasised the need for people to reappraise the knowledge of our contry?s fragile resources within our society. By tracing the interplay between humans and the landscape in relation to fire, Fireworks illuminates the character of both.
An Artspace Mackay travelling exhibition supported by an Australian Government initiative Visions of Australia. Toured by Museum and Galleries Services QueenslandIMAGE CAPTION: Weaver Hawkins, Bushfire, 1960, Private collection, courtesy of Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney.