I’m an Australian artist living in Scotland, and as the northern hemisphere winter has deepened I’ve been watching my home country burn. I’ve started looking at this work ‘Fire’ in a whole new light. It was originally inspired by the spectacular desert landscapes of central Australia, but now all I can see in it is the barely comprehensible devastation of the bushfires that have been ravaging the eastern states, and the grief and helplessness I feel watching these events unfold. I grew up in the Perth hills where bushfires were a part of life every summer. I remember walking in the blackened and burned bush after a fire, and feeling as though I was walking on another planet. But this is unlike anything we’ve ever known. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of such destruction – it has become a terrifyingly powerful symbol of the climate crisis that so many of our governments have simply ignored for too long. I wonder if this catastrophe will force us to fully acknowledge the effect humans have had on our planet and act in time to save it.