Indigo O’Rourke, The Immortal Red Gum, Djab Wurrung, 2019. Biro on Stonehenge, 36 x 64cm. Courtesy: the artist and May Space Gallery, Sydney.
After reading The Secret Life of Trees by British science writer, Colin Tudge, Indigo O’Rourke began to look at trees in a different way. She would drive to locations around Victoria to look at particular trees and whilst being so disheartened by humanity, the drought and climate change, trees would give the artist a sense of ease.
Humanity is a mess, creating countless problems with the earth itself. Soil. Lakes. Air. Sea. Rivers are all under stress. Those who care about humanity, as opposed to those concerned only with personal power and accumulated wealth, understand that global warming needs to be taken very seriously.
Common sense and basic biological theory, suggest that the more trees we retain and replant, the better managed water courses and soil erosion will be and even simply the temperature on the earth’s surface. O’Rourke’s next exhibition At the heart of all things explores intricate drawings of incredible trees in their entirely and on-site sketches of trees that I have repeatedly visited over the last two years. Trees affect O’Rourke’s practice significantly because not only are they the paper she draws on but also the wooden frames that house them. In her heart trees are the centre of all things.
Exhibition opens: 5–7pm Wednesday 28 August 2019