CELENE E. BRIDGE
A black swan (Cygnus atratus), once thought to be rarer than a unicorn, confronts a Xanthorrhoea tree (Xanthorrhoea australis). The tree mimics the swan, its long stalk twisting and ruffled with flowers, as its sharp grass-like leaves spread out like the bird’s intimidating stance. The tree records its history of fires, which allow it to flower more abundantly. The swan’s black feathers allude to the aftermath of wildfire. It is a landscape of Australia’s past, present, and future – as one of resilience.
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