Harsh Night by Kylie Fogarty
Over the past 18months it is no secret that the weather hasn’t been kind to local wineries in the Canberra region. The Solo had been postponed once due to life and family, however this time it was the fires that was reeking havoc, and thus we decided to once again reschedule.
I don’t think I will ever forget our conversation, the smoke to Murrumbateman was thick and sadly had impacted the vines. Julie and Bob had had the crops tested for smoke damage and was getting the results the next day to see if they could still use the grapes from the year’s crops.
This work was inspired by the wait of the results from the testing of smoke damage to the year’s crops. Unfortunately the next day the results were in, and the news wasn’t good, the grapes were unusable. Although the night was harsh, the positivity of Bob and Julie never seems to fade, they continue on, its more then a business to them, it’s their passion and there is always tomorrow.
During a seven-year residency at Barton Estate Wines, Kylie Fogarty has witnessed the care taken during the viticulture process and also the heartache of an enduring love of the vine. The body of work will include paintings and drawings, responding to her experience at the winery, as well as the varying elements which have impacted the wines during this time, including heat, rain, hail, and more recently, fire and devastatingly, smoke.
This exhibition embraces not only the landscape of the location of Barton Estate Wines, but also the love and process of Viticulture.