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A Phoenix’s Triumph: William Yaxley’s ‘Burnt Offerings’ Rise from the Ashes

A Phoenix's Triumph: William Yaxley's 'Burnt Offerings' Rise from the Ashes
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In the crucible of tragedy, artist William Yaxley found inspiration, emerging like a phoenix from the 2013 Tasmanian bushfires that claimed his cherished artworks.

His response, the resilient ‘Burnt Offerings,’ is now on display in Rockhampton.

Embers of Resilience

Yaxley’s ‘Burnt Offerings‘ isn’t just a collection; it’s a testament to artistic resilience. Countless sculptures, once victims of the inferno, now rise as small, triffid-like creations.

Through this phoenix-like rebirth, Yaxley has woven together the scientific and fantastical, exploring the dualities of destruction and creation.

A Garden of Renewal

Each small sculpture, once scattered across Yaxley’s garden and scorched by the ferocity of the flames, has become a symbol of renewal. 

The artist’s pragmatic spirit infuses every piece, inviting viewers into a narrative where adversity transforms into art.

‘Burnt Offerings’ transcends the physical loss, becoming an immersive experience that mirrors the resilience of Rockhampton’s art scene.

The exhibition, ‘Collection Focus: William Yaxley,’ is a testament to the unyielding spirit of creation, drawing parallels with the tenacity of Rockhampton’s artistic community.

As you explore ‘Burnt Offerings,’ you’ll witness the convergence of destruction and artistry, a dance mirrored in the challenges and triumphs of Rockhampton’s vibrant art market.

Don’t miss the chance to witness this ode to resilience; the exhibition is open until February 11, 2024.