Toxical Waste – 2022/3

Oil on two joined canvasses. H108 x W122 cm

The title is derived from the pop song by Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour on his album Toxiques (1990). It has been common practice of developed countries to dump their poisonous waste in third world countries.

The senseless and unnecessary destruction wrought on Ukraine territory by Russia’s 2022 invasion initially inspired my imaging the noxious pollution of the atmosphere. No longer the welcoming vista of idyllic cloud formations in our panoramic view. This unfettered madness coalesced with the need to highlight our uncaring jettisoning of waste in capitalist (built-in redundancy) throw-away society. We care enough to sort out our detritus into various categories (bins) but then feel absolved of having to actually and effectively dispose of it. Late Industrial waste is either interred, fed into the oceans or released into the stratosphere and beyond.

Welcome to planet Earth and the dominant hominid species…..

Charcoal on the Hoof – 2006

Oil on canvas.  91x 122cm

Goonoo Forest near the Warrembungles NSW after intense Bushfires. Lansdcape of desolation and destruction. Landscape as metaphor for environmental devastation related to Climate Change and Global warming. While fires are a natural phenomenon, humans contribute substantially to making them occur – Nature meets Hominoid rapaciousness. Governments’ reactionary inaction in Australia trails woefully behind devloped countries’ efforts to address Global warming.