How spirits live from there to this point #4, 2004, oil on canvas, 50x40cm

How spirits live from there to this point #3, 2004, oil on canvas, 50x40cm

How spirits live from there to this point #1, 2004, oil on canvas, 50x40cm

And I saw spirits moving in the flames, 2004, oil, 22ct gold leaf on paper on canvas, 70x50cm

Sounded within the light that was there #1, 2004, oil, 22ct gold leaf on paper on canvas, 50x70cm

Alone out there, 2003, oil on canvas, 50x50cm

Among the woodlands shadows, some of them desiring #1, oil on canvas, 40x50cm

Among the woodlands shadows, some of them desiring #1, oil on canvas, 40x50cm

Dante’s Inferno, 2004, oil and charcoal on linen, 150x170cm

After the Fires at Kurrajong, 2004, oil and charcoal on linen, 150x200cm (detail)

After the Fires at Kurrajong (Detail)

My Nuna’s Flowers, 2004, oil on canvas, 50x50cm (detail)

And under the shadow of the sacred wing, 2003, oil on canvas, 50x50cm

Excerpt from Spiritland Catalogue 2005 (St James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta)

As part of the Maltese Australian Chamber of Commerce Cultural Week Supported by Emirates Air

Spirit Land is a new painting exhibition by internationally renowned artist Maree Azzopardi. Traditionally known for her photo works, Spirit Land is a painting exhibition about Azzopardi’s spiritual journey through her connection to the Australian landscape. As a first generation Australian of Maltese descent, Azzopardi’s work attempts to explore the notion of one’s spirit being influenced and belonging to the land, of being inherently part of the changing landscape and being made whole by the spirit of the land.

Witnessing the regeneration of life on the ravished landscape after Christmas fires swept through her family’s property on the lower Blue Mountains area, Spirit Land was inspired soon after the Sydney bushfires, a regular occurrence in Australia.

Another influence in this new series of paintings was that Azzopardi’s extended family experienced the loss of three young family members. Most devastating was the loss of her maternal grandmother, a major influence in Azzopardi’s life. This wa