As fringe season is now well underway, on Thursday night we took the chance to explore perhaps an understated fringe venue, the Kersbrook Hill Wines Cellar Door.
The exhibition of 'The Magpie and The Flames' is a visual response by artist and photographer Daniel Purvis to the tragic 2015 Sampson Flat Fire, which tore through the region and destroyed a number of vineyards. The works we saw in person were both emotional and complex, giving viewers a sense of the feelings experienced during the bushfire. Through collaborating with Kersbrook Hill Wines and Cider owner Paul Clark, Daniel has been able to understand and capture the experiences of those affected.
"He had so many stories about his experience and I realised how much the area had been affected, not just Kersbrook but the whole community". said Daniel.
Some pieces were beautiful in their simplicity while others, possessed a sense of drama, pertinent to the reality of a looming bushfire heading towards the area. Adding to this, Daniel's ability to utilise local wildlife and fauna to represent the reaction of locals to the fires was brilliant.
"Paul mentioned an old magpie who;d been living in the area for years ...and a hummingbird whose forest was on fire...all of these aspects fuelled the idea of a story that explores the fire through the eyes of the magpie". said Daniel.
Later during the exhibition, Daniel Purvis read aloud a short story written by journalist and friend Nicola Cage, perfectly linking the exhibition through narrative and poetry. All in all we have a great appreciation for Daniel's integrity and the emotional gravity of this exhibition. We highly recommend taking a short drive up to the winery and seeing for yourself!
On a side note, on the beautiful drive home, we ironically witnessed to a bushfire on Gorge road. The speed at which it spread only furthering our appreciation for the terrifying ferocity of this natural phenomenon.
When: 11 February - 14th March
Where: Kersbrook Hill Wines and Cider Cellar Door
Further event detailes HERE
Exhibition Photos by Linh Nguyen