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Thank you for visiting my "Hot Spots" gallery. Through these art works, I hope to share with you a glimpse of the extraordinary, ethereal beauty of the desert lands of Mesopotamia, Central Australia, and the American South West, and through that glimpse to provide a moment of reflective pause about events on the ground. (Dr Ranna-Lesley Lachlan. PhD Creative Arts.)

The Hot Spots collection was Ranna's response to the Iraq war (II). The momentum towards the Iraq war was inconceivable and incomprehensible to Ranna's artist mind and sensibilities. Although Ranna marched with thousands in Washington D.C. (and was aggressively challenged by friends in Australia for living in America at such a time), subsequently it was through art that she was able to shift her reaction into a more universal statement, something more enduring, a response that revealed for all to see the beauty of the lands involved.

In the Table below, C = mixed media on canvas; P = mixed media on paper.

 

IMAGES with gray borders are CLICKABLE LINKS to ENLARGEMENTS, some with "shimmer" views.

 

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copyright painting 15 by  © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (15) - Mesopotamia, , 152cm x 122cm/ 60" x 48". Dust Storm Over Gulf region. (C). © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting 12 © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (12) - Mesopotamia
65cm x 91cm/ 26.5" x 36" (C) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting 13, © Ranna®

Hot Spot(s) (13) - Mesopotamia: Smoke trails from Oil Fires after Bombing,
91cm x 65cm / 36" x 26.5" (C) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting 14, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (14) - Desert Lion, Desert Lamb, Mesopotamia,
91cm x 65cm / 36" x 26.5" (C) © Ranna®.


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There are so many connotations to the term Hots spots... In these artworks, Ranna employed multiple layers of double entendre. One meaning took its cue from satellite imagery informing this series: The red spots in all the paintings (click the thumbnails for Enlargements) are an artefact of the satellite imagery. They connote actual "hot spots" where the heat from oil fires, bombing fires, or wild fires on Earth's surface is so intense that it shows up as red marks on the satellite image - Hot Spots.

The first image illustrated above left includes the amazing shape of the immense sandstorm that blew through the entire Gulf region at the beginning of the Iraq war, as though even Nature was trying to prevent what had been launched. (Click the thumbnail to go to a larger image to see the shape more clearly.) It was uncanny that at the time that the first waves of bombing were vollied at Iraq, there were also huge fires in Australia's deserts and in the American South West, and multiple fires in Texas, former U.S. president George W. Bush's home state. Viewed from afar, even those fires' hot spots and even the smoke trails of oil fires after bombing (Hot Spots 13) hold an eerie, ethereal quality...

 

copyright painting 16, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot (16) -The American South West,
66cm x 38cm / 26" x 15" (C) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  17, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (17) - The American South West, 65cm x 91cm/ 26.5" x 36" (C). © Ranna®. View includes former nuclear testing area in Nevada.

 

copyright painting  18, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (18) - Central Australia, 66cm x 38cm / 26" x 15" (C). © Ranna®. Near Maralinga.

 

copyright painting  19, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot (19) - Central Australia - Maralinga, 91cm x 65cm / 36" x 26.5" (C). © Ranna®. NOTE: Maralinga is a location within the Woomera area of Central Australia where the British undertook above ground nucelar testing between 1955 - 1963.


The premise for Hot Spots was simple: Viewed from satellite height, the protagonists' areas of the world are so extraordinarily beautiful. Yet the beauty belied events on the ground. At ground level, these environments are harsh and people were dying, being killed. The Earth was being contaminated. At ground level, three countries whose fates are now inextricably linked through their participation in this war, whether as defender or aggressor - Mesopotamia, Australia, and America - all share desert lands within their borders, and incredible heat, fires, and nuclear contamination within those deserts.
 

copyright painting  20, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot (20) - Central Australia, Dust storm towards Lake Eyre, 78cm x 91cm / 31" x 36" (C). © Ranna®. View includes the Maralinga nuclear testing area.

 

 copyright painting  21, © Ranna®.

 Hot Spot(s) (21) - The American South West, 152cm x 122cm/ 60" x 48" (C). © Ranna®. View includes former nuclear testing area in Nevada.

 

copyright painting  22, © Ranna®. 

Hot Spot(s) (22) - Central Australia, 152cm x 122cm/ 60" x 48" (C) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  8, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (8) - Mesopotamia, 60cm x 45cm / 24" x 18" (P) © Ranna®.

HOT SPOTS

Bush fires
Wild fires
Wars
Nuclear contaminated zones
Nuclear test sites
The latest "in" night club
The latest "in" travel destination
Hot places
DESERTS...
Regardless of what humans do to each other - and Earth - down on the ground, viewed from 1 kilometre above, our world is strangely serene and unimaginably beautiful.
(© Ranna®.)

 

copyright painting  9, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (9) (Mesopotamia),
60cm x 45cm / 24" x 18" (P) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  10, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (10) (Mesopotamia),
45cm x 60cm / 18" x 24" (P) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  11, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (11) (Mesopotamia), 60cm x 45cm / 24" x 18" (P) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  3, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (3) - (Mesopotamia),
30cm x 26cm / 15" x 11" (P) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  4, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (4) (Mesopotamia),
30cm x 26cm / 15" x 11" (P) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  5, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (5) (Mesopotamia)
26cm x 30cm/ 11" x 15" (P) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  6, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (6) (Mesopotamia)
30cm x 26cm / 15" x 11" (P) © Ranna®.

 

copyright painting  7, © Ranna®.

Hot Spot(s) (7) (Mesopotamia)
30cm x 26cm / 15" x 11" (P) © Ranna®.



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Copyright painting,  Breathing Blue (7), © Ranna®.

The Hot Spots works are inspired by satellite images courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Members of the team attended the showing of these art works at the Embassy of Australia Gallery (Washington DC).

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REVIEWER: Ranna's art "...explores the profound while serving as a portal to beauty."
(Kennelly, E., re Island, Continent exhibition by Ranna®, Washington DC.
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