Reflections of Home | Adriana Seserko
19 April – 12 May 2019
Only too aware that I am at risk of sounding like a broken record, I find myself revisiting old territory. That I have ventured this same well-trodden road is little wonder. With previous exhibitions, I touched upon the reality of climate change, its ugly stain upon the planet, and the implications involved for all inhabitants of the earth. By the means of brush, paint, and canvas, I had attempted to educate the viewer, painting all that was in danger of being lost. The core of this exhibition remains much the same. The artworks comment on the destruction of the natural world, focusing on the interconnectedness of all life on earth, biodiversity, and the need for immediate change.
As the old adage goes, where there is life there is hope. By choosing to paint in an aesthetically beautiful way, drawing inspiration from the wonder and majesty of the natural world, one becomes more acutely conscious of the loss. It is this magnificent creature and this striking ecosystem facing destruction, not just an unknown and therefore uncared for “thing” that is being destroyed. To witness life in all it’s splendor is to discern hope and with that hope lays the capacity for change.
Reflections of Home as the title suggests, looks to Australia, my home, chronicling the transformation of an ancient continent disfigured by the extravagance and apathy of society in the 21st century. With an insatiable appetite for luxury, material riches, and power, Australia too is on track to complete environmental ruin. One need not look far to see how the environment is ailing. Step outside and behold. From the record-breaking heat, extensive loss of animal life, degraded and perishing ecosystems, raging wildfires, drought, polluted and toxic waterways, coral bleaching, and oceans full of plastic, the shadow of climate change is seen and felt. Humanity has only itself to blame. An ever increasing population, the growth of coal powered cities, an over reliance on petrol guzzling vehicles, mismanagement of water, over development driven by ego and greed, and excessive land clearing has helped to seal our fate. It is only sad that all life on earth must suffer as a consequence.
If each and every one of us worked to better our own backyards, making small alterations to our lives, the threat posed by global warming could be surmounted. All it takes is knowledge, some sacrifice, and people power to make a difference. As put by Confucius, The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.