Ash, whilst similar in its make up to dust, comes about at a greater, more dramatic speed. It may remind us of the comfort and warmth of a hearth, or the terror and devastation of a bush fire. Like dust, ash is the final trace, the last remains of something which has passed, the remains of matter which have been transformed towards nothing.
Ash from Australian bush fires was collected. It was rubbed into the concrete floor of the gallery and decorative motifs were cleaned out of the design. At the end of the exhibition two performers moved over the work and drew new patterns into the work
Now they are gone, I hold them, is an ongoing series which has been exhibited in Melbourne and New York. The work uses ash from bushfires, and rain or melted snow to clean patterns into the ash.
An edition of An Ordinary Kind or Ornament was produced in Hong Kong using ash from Australian bush fires and incense ash collected from The Man Mo Temple.