Charred Koala - hanging on

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Shaw, Elizabeth
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The Koala is a frequently used symbol of Australia. It is widely recognised and embodies much more than just a reference to an animal, it is firmly entwined with how Australia presents its identity. Charred Koala - Hanging On represents the wider Australian environment. In 2019 bushfires raged in eastern Australia continuing into 2020 leaving ancient forests, natural scrub, farmlands and townships devastated in their wake. Thick smoke blanketed the east coast and travelled as far as New Zealand. The Australian prime minister went to Hawaii on holiday. Ancient forest and animal habitat cannot be quickly replaced. Images of charred wildlife trying to escape drew attention to how few options there were once their natural habitat is gone.

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Shaw, E, Charred Koala - hanging on, 2021
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