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Storm Song Verse 1 | 2020

Storm Song Verse 1 | 2020

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Original artwork by Susie Dureau.

Storm Song Verse 1, oil on panel, neon light, 120 cm diameter, 2020.

Storm Song Verses 1-5

In the Japanese art of Kintsukuroi, broken ceramic vessels are mindfully repaired with molten gold. The practice speaks to the idea that beauty and strength can result from the adaptation that follows destruction.

In Storm Song, Verses 1-5, I have referenced this tradition using neon tubes (in place of gold) over painted panels. The panels depict a turbulent sea indicative of the storms that have lashed Australia in 2020. These panels and their illuminated scars draw our attention to the ways we adapt to the climate emergency and provide hope for a new understanding of human kinship with the land.

A meditation on the process of healing in these broken times, underpins this work. Making something meaningful out of loss, we make a song of the storm.