The fires came with such ferocity to our regional community. They changed us.
We lost a human life. We lost homes. We lost animals and habitat in too large a number and too large an area to comprehend.
Many artists have used fire to question our practices and our place in the world. I have chosen these artworks as a way to reflect on destruction, resilience and regeneration.
It was like the ancestors were asking us what we were doing and why we were here.
Disconnection, displacement and fear were common feelings.
We felt lost in an unfamiliar land.
It was so unimaginably quiet after the fires, not for days but for months. We all felt a need to belong. A saddening sense of loss still hangs in the air.
Resilience came. New green growth and butterflies were the first signs of life.
We revisit a world where all things are connected. We try to make sense of what happened.