#afterthefire #daybyday

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#afterthefire #daybyday – visual diary and research

A personal response to fire, loss, care and regeneration following the devastating Australian summer bushfires of 2019/2020.


Dolly ants (Dolichoderus scabridus) farm nectar from epicormic regrowth on a red bloodwood tree (Corymbia gummifera) five weeks after the fire. Photo Julie Vulcan 2020


The day before summer solstice in the midst of the fire season a bushfire roared through the bush home I share with my partner, trees, plants, fungi, critters and creatures. The flames left little untouched. Our storage and worksheds burnt to the ground. And yet, despite licking up the sides of its concrete slab our little house survived. Although we had prepared for this event it still felt like a miracle. We returned to live amongst the ash and attend to the slow care of the once bush.

Having documented much of the flora and fauna in this place before the fire, I find myself in the middle of a post-fire research site. I spend a lot of time looking at the ground and staring at the trees and their remaining boughs, they are my teachers. As I continue to avidly document, my observations and conversations with environmental scientists, fire ecologists and entomologists over the next year are contributing to the research and development of a new performance work in the future. The research and development phase has been made possible with the support of Create NSW and Australia Council for the Arts project funding.

#afterthefire #daybyday initially started on January 1st 2020 on instagram as a twelve month visual diary. I am in the process of replicating the instagram visual diary with added material and research notes onto a blog page. When this is up there will be a link here.

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work, the Gundungurra and Tharawal peoples and remember that sovereignty was never ceded.

This project is supported by the NSW government through Create NSW and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.