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John R Walker Winter in the Fire Forest
20 October - 17 November 2012
Winter in the Fire Forest is a body of work that can be tentatively traced to a discovery Walker made whilst painting at the edge of a mountain ash forest near Reidsdale, New South Wales some seven years ago. In the mossy quiet, amongst lush ferns, Walker stumbled across the huge, very charred stump of a burnt tree:
It suddenly hit me that I was in this forest and it felt wet and cold and damp, but not that long ago, sometime in the past twenty or thirty or fifty years, it had been on fire. That sort of sums up certain things about the forests around here...