Mask Making: Fire

The inspiration for the making of this mask was the Black Saturday bushfires on the 7th of February 2009.

 173 people died in the fires and the township of Marysville was destroyed with other small communities in the Shire of Murrindindi being devastated.

400 fires raged in the State of Victoria for 3 weeks before it began to rain.

It was a tense time for the communities in the Dandenong Ranges close to where I live. Fires threatened Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey and South Belgrave.

Smoke drifted through the outer suburbs of Melbourne.

These fires came at the end of years of drought in South Eastern Australia.

I have covered the mask with torn fragments of articles collected from the local newspaper during the last fire season. I singed the paper before tearing and applying the pieces to the mask.

The mask is covered with fragments of headlines, flames, smoke, burnt trees and firefighters as well as ash.

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10 Responses

  1. very beautiful

    • Thank you Kellie for taking time to review my blog.

      • my pleasure 🙂

  2. Your masks are very powerful, moving works. The story behind the one – the fire – was also very moving. That mask captured the sadness of the fire.

    • Thanks Trish. I appreciate your comment. Yes, I did try to capture the grief resulting from the fires in the mask.

      • Art should move the soul and you achieved that with your mask. Your work also helps shed light on the losses suffered there. I hope people have been able to rebuild their lives.

  3. I echo the comment that your masks are powerful…magnificient! I can’t imagine being in the path of a wildfire…how horrifying…and too often devastating.

  4. Thank you, Diane. The communities of the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne live with the threat of wild fires each summer. Last summer the Dandenongs were largely spared. The local fire brigades whose firefighters are volunteers enjoy strong community support.

  5. The mask is BEAUTIFUL….the history behind the making of it is PRICELESS! Lovely work!

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