Reflexions on Fire exhibition takes a look back at bushfire devastation

BIRNING OF KI: Linda Jenkins at Boomberbank delivering Johnno Oliver's painting "The Burning of Kangaroo Island". Photo: Indiana James

BIRNING OF KI: Linda Jenkins at Boomberbank delivering Johnno Oliver's painting "The Burning of Kangaroo Island". Photo: Indiana James

Reflexions on Fire at Boomerbank, Pelican Lagoon on Kangaroo Island is an exhibition of visual art that looks back on the fires of early 2020.

The exhibition will run from January 3-19 from 10am to 5pm at the Boomerbank gallery, 3196 Hog Bay Road. Admission is free, so be sure to make this part of your holiday experience!

It's a one-off chance for 13 South Australian painters and sculptors to present original works they think meaningful to themselves as well as others.

There are no constraints as to subject, media, size or sales, no commissions and no entry fees - only an opportunity for 13 artists to share lived experience with each other and the general public by doing what they know best.

John Ayliffe's contribution to Reflexsions on Fire is a comment on the reaction to the Ravine fire in Flinders Chase.

John Ayliffe's contribution to Reflexsions on Fire is a comment on the reaction to the Ravine fire in Flinders Chase.

Linda and Indy at Boomerbank will host the exhibition at their studios by opening on the first anniversary of the worst day of the Kangaroo Island blaze.

Sculptor and host Indiana James: "As visual artists, Linda and I both felt strongly the need to create a way for artists affected by the Australian fires of January 2020 to express themselves emotionally through their work, to react to this tragedy in the way they know best, wordlessly in pictures or objects."

Painter Sara Hourez: "What Reflexions On Fire captures will clearly be that the KI community can face adversity and recover."

Artist Gabrielle Jones, who with and her partner Shawn worked at Southern Ocean Lodge when the Kangaroo Island fire destroyed the building: "Through flame and ash, beauty can be found within, for those who's hope can see it. My pieces are remnants of ordinary machines, turned by nature's design into living art."

Hayley Baillie, owner of Southern Ocean Lodge: "When SOL was destroyed by fire we were devastated. There was so much lost especially with the extensive collection of locally sourced artworks throughout the lodge. There will be some great stories told of resilience throughout the new artworks in SOL 2.0."

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