|detail of Incandescence, mixed media work by Tonia Maddison|
The work in this exhibition is a mix of drawings, artists books and sculptural pieces, some utilising the burnt remains of the trees themselves. There is a quiet sense of loss in the work, echoes of the greys, blacks and dull brown colours with glimmers of copper and bronze scattered in between replicating her visit to the burnt out forest. But there is also a beauty and delicacy to these fragile remains, the act of destruction that is part of the cycle of life. The title for her show 'Palimpsest' used to describe something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form is very fitting. Tonia sums it up eloquently "It is about layers, layers of geology, of history, of how nature layers the evidence of events. The burnt woods will become a layer, a seam, a thin black line in the geological record.
|Palimpsest exhibition by Tonia Maddison|