Mundaring: Out of the Ashes exhibition explores threat of bushfire


Artists Sandie Schroder and Nick Statham.
Artists Sandie Schroder and Nick Statham.

OUT of the Ashes is a thought-provoking exhibition by two artists in response to the environment and the threat of bushfire.

Pyrography painter Sandie Schroder creates her work by burning cotton paper to express vulnerability and beauty, while fine wood worker Nick Statham’s background in landscape architecture and design is evident through his natural and geometric sculptural forms.

They have created the exhibition of Fire Works on show at the Mundaring Arts Centre until November 6.

The 2014 Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena fire profoundly affected Statham, who lives in Stoneville.

Statham experienced the tragedy as it unfolded and witnessed the scale of its impact on his neighbourhood.

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Schroder, who lives in Kalamunda, combines her burning cotton technique to paint, in combination with watercolours.

“I have had many close calls when creating these pieces, with them literally going up in smoke as the burning got out of control,” she said. “This reinforces the ever present threat of living here in our volatile bushland and has given me a greater appreciation of the beautiful yet unforgiving environment in which we live.”

Schroder will be available to speak most weekends throughout the exhibition at the Mundaring gallery.

The exhibition is complemented by Returning to the Garden by Artist in Focus Caroline Lyttle, of Swan View. Lyttle reflects on life experiences through the lens of the garden, using paint and mixed media.

Lyttle will host painting workshops during her show.

Visit the Mundaring Arts Centre website for details.