The Silence, 2011 - 13: Black Saturday 2009

Louise Foletta
The Silence, 2011 - 13  
ground carbonised wood on primed board 
Collection of the artist

The winter that followed after the fires finally brought rain and new growth giving flushes of vibrant colour against the bare blackened earth.

The Silence, 2011 - 13

The Silence, 2011 - 13

Ground carbonised wood on primed board

This crisp and vibrant beauty was absent the following winters when the absent friends and the familiar landmarks had become the reality and were no longer a novelty.

Recovery was slow and the sense of loss recalled the stark silence of these black burnt trees in the soft white ash.