Margaret Ambridge, Struggling to Remember, 2020 | Charcoal from fire, compressed charcoal and raindrops on paper, 71 x 140 cm
I collected burnt branches from fire ravaged country and started drawing with the crumbled charcoal. I became immersed in the ‘scrub’ while I was drawing. The interruption of raindrops falling on the iron roof of the studio seemed so at odds with the rain parched land I was drawing.
I took the partly finished work outside and let the raindrops fall on the paper.
The charcoal ‘splattered’, and the paper sucked up the moisture. I continued adding charcoal, and the paper remembered where the raindrops had fallen.
Our land is struggling to remember.
||Struggling to Remember
Charcoal from fire, compressed charcoal and
raindrops on paper
||Winner Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, 2020