Burning Lands

Trevor Van den Eijnden
Acrylics on copper on canvas, board or glass
Various sizes
2007–2009

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Burning Lands is a series of eco-dystopian paintings and mixed media sculptures that explore the destruction of urban and suburban areas through uncontrollable wildfires as a result of global warming. Imagery includes real-life disasters in California and Australia via press-photography sources. Pushing into the speculative the work explores plausible disasters that engulf whole mountains, as well as urban centres. In the not so distant past great fires have razed whole cities even after civilization propelled itself, and benefitted from the Industrial Revolution. A notable example of a wildfire spinning out of control, and spurning man-made environments, The Great Fire of 1922 in the Timiskaming District, Ontario was responsible for the deaths of at least 43 persons, and the evisceration of 18 townships. It is not impossible, nor improbable that with extended droughts due to global climate change that we will see more, and more of these occurrences in years to come. In fact they already are, as another notable, and recent example, the February Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria, Australia can attest with a death count of 173 and many whole communities burnt off the map.