Shoalhaven-based artist Anna Glynn's work has been selected for the permanent collection of the National Museum of Australia.
Her work '...love kindness...walk humbly...' is a moving image piece documenting the aftermath of the Currowan fire.
Artist Anna Glynn said she created the piece as she wanted to "bare witness to what had happened".
"I put out a call to a few friends in Kangaroo Valley and got responses of people with private property who would allow me to go on and set up timelapse cameras, film and do sound recordings," she said.
"When I first started it was only a couple of days after the fires ended and there was still tree stumps smoking - I was very careful."
Although the visuals of a burnt bush were devastating, it wasn't the most traumatic part for Anna.
"The most traumatic thing was the lack of sound because I'm always out with my sound recorder doing field recordings - there was nothing, there was no sounds.
"The forest was just deeply silent.
"It was only about six weeks into recording that I captured the sound of a black cockatoo."
For the next few months Anna Glynn spent her time driving over the mountain, swapping over cameras, replacing batteries and SD cards.
Timelapse cameras were running for 24 hours a day for two to three months, so there was a lot of footage to sort through.
"It took a long time... I've got so many files.
"What I found interesting is documentary film makers - they know what they're doing - they know what sound and images they need to get and have story-boarded everything.
"I have no idea what I'm making when I start, it's just collecting material and even when I'm working with the software I don't have plans it's more a digital collage."
When she showed her finished work to the curators at the National Museum of Australia it was an instant hit.
"They came over after the fires to collect material and I contacted the curator who had come over and mentioned I had this moving image work and she said 'we would love to see that'.
"Her response was lovely because she rang back within an hour and a half, she'd watched the work and shown it to the other curators and said 'we'd only just stopped crying'."