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TREE of LIFE: a testament to endurance

S.H.Ervin Gallery Observatory Hill, Sydney
9th April – 23rd May 2021

Following from the powerful 2019 exhibition River on the Brink: inside the Murray-Darling Basin, the S.H. Ervin Gallery has commissioned curator Gavin Wilson to deliver another thought provoking exhibition: Tree of Life: a testament to endurance.

Nicholas Harding
Wilpena Wattle and Eucalypts (Sliding Rock) 2019-2020
oil on linen  176 x 400 cm  Private Collection

As we cautiously emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, humanity is faced with a stark reckoning. The concept for Tree of life is the central motif that signifies the challenges we face. What remains of the natural world is the one beacon in a perilous age of drought, fire, floods and plague, exacerbated by the constant reality of climate change. The recent horrific fire season experienced across the country will go down as the greatest extinction event for Australian wildlife and habitats since colonisation.

To temper an already dangerous over reaction to the vexed issues of hazard reduction, tree thinning and further rampant land clearing, this major exhibition led by First Nations artists will generate a fresh, positive energy towards the reclamation of diminishing natural resources. Threads woven through Tree of life will recognise the deep spiritual and physical associations that connect all forms of life. Life that must be nurtured as we chart a course of action through this perilous age of climate change, pandemics and wildfires.

The exhibition will consist of 65 past and present works by leading artists, including paintings, sculpture/installation, photography, works on paper, moving images, textiles drawn from regional galleries and private collections.

For further information, please visit the S.H.Ervin Gallery website.