Flânerie, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins 31March – 30 June 2016

Flânerie, my latest exhibition of collaged printed works, was created as a result of a residency at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins in 2015. It interprets the hotel’s French flavour, multicultural philosophy, and contrasting environments from the Paris end of Collins Street to Melbourne’s iconic laneways.

Exhibition Invitation

Invitation image: Carmel Wallace Le Rouge #5, collage on canvas (posters from Rue de Bretagne, Paris) 76 x 76 cm

exhibition invitation back

invitation back

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Chatting Up Melba: Conversations Sparked by Art

Listen to this discussion relating to the prints from the 37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE recorded live in 2015.

 

Hosted by poet / playwright / spoken word performer Nathan Curnow, with special guest conversationalists:

  • Neil Stonell, Director of Grimshaw Architects and project leader for Southern Cross Station and the Seafarers Bridge at South Wharf Melbourne
  • Robyn Annear, historian and author of books including ‘Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne’ and ‘A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne’
  • Terence Murphy, Guest Relations Manager, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.

 

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Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist 2015

I have been selected as a finalist in this year’s Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize with my work Daphne.

CARMEL WALLACE_Daphne 2015_fiberglass reinforced plastic; recycled manufactured leaves_L 77cm x w 14.5cm x h 12.5cm

CARMEL WALLACE_Daphne 2015_fiberglass reinforced plastic; recycled manufactured leaves_L 77cm x w 14.5cm x h 12.5cm

Daphne was inspired by the Laurel tree in the Portland Botanical Gardens and the myth of Apollo and Daphne that has been interpreted widely in art and literature. According to myth, Daphne is transformed into a Laurel tree so she can escape the advances of Apollo. In the words of Andrew Marvell:

                                                The Gods, that mortal Beauty chase,

                                                Still in a Tree did end their race.

                                                Apollo hunted Daphne so,

                                                Only that She might Laurel grow.

                                                                                    The Garden 1681

This myth is pertinent in a contemporary environmental context where recognition of our relationship with the natural world and the interconnectedness of all life forms underpin the development of solutions to current issues.

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Artist-in-Residence, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Carmel Wallace at the Sofitel

Carmel Wallace at the Sofitel

I am pleased to have been invited as the next Artist-in-Residence at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, beginning Sunday 31st May 2015. This residency program is organised by Global Arts Projects, consultant curators to the hotel. Previous artists-in residence have been Donna Marcus, Andre Hemer, Anne Zahalka, Rolande Souliere, Bruce Reynolds, Gosia Wlodarczak, and Robyn Stacey.

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Virtual Arboretum Project: FLORA

 

Ella Eade as Flora, Botanical Gardens Portland Victoria Australia. photograph by James Wallace 2014

Ella Eade as Flora, Botanical Gardens Portland Victoria Australia. photograph by James Wallace 2014

http://virtualarboretum.com.au/2015/03/22/flora/

FLORA is a short film by Carmel Wallace and Colleen Hughson with music composed  by Michael Wallace  Flora is played by Ella Eade. Portland Victoria Australia 2015

 Flora celebrates the richness and fecundity of nature, personified by a young woman wearing a cloak* made of flowers. The singular beauty of indigenous species is displaced by seductive mass plantings of exotic flora as introduced by successive boat people to these shores. Whilst we may question this displacement, the film presents a post-colonial view of harmonious co-habitation: the bees happily feast on the nectar of both indigenous and introduced flowers, and we as audience also enjoy the extravagant beauty of both. 
 
*Titled Flowers for Gardens, this cloak was originally created by Carmel Wallace in 2013 for One River, a Centenary of Canberra project, supported by the ACT Government & the Australian Government, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, The Sidney Myer Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts.
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‘four’ exhibition @ PAC, Portland Victoria Australia

'four' invitation @ PAC March 2015 sml

This exhibition includes my newly finished installation Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee

© Carmel Wallace_Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2015
 
Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2006 -2015  copyright Carmel Wallace 2015
This work began as an investigation into the inner life of our local native forest, the Cobboboonee. Mimicking the style of many a naturalist before me, I collected specimens  for a work to be created as part of the Great South West Walk Art Project in 2006. However, to be properly seasoned the wood needed to be oiled and stored, so it is only now that I have it ready to show. Whittling away the bark became a meditative exercise. I felt rather like a surgeon, or a miner, as I cut back the bark to uncover the richness of the bare branches – the bones of the trees – beneath. 
A short film of the work, including some footage of the Cobboboonee Forest here:  https://vimeo.com/132408467
© Carmel Wallace_Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2015_detail
 
Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2006 -2015  copyright Carmel Wallace 2015
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37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE

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37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE

 

to be exhibited at Gravura Brasileira, Sao Paulo, Brazil 17 March – 30 April 2015

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37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE

SOFITEL 37° 48′ S e-invite for Chatting up Melba

Please note: RSVP essential for admittance to this event. Numbers strictly limited. 
RSVP essential to Renata Kopinski on 9653 7738 or renata.kopinski@sofitel.com by 17 February 2015
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37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE

37° 48′ S_ Exhibition brief for Art Almanac

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Bimblebox 153 Birds

© Carmel Wallace 2014

© Carmel Wallace 2014

Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca  (2014) hand-coloured linocut, with collage. 21 x 30 cm.  Edition: 10. Created for the Bimblebox 153 Birds project
 

Bimblebox 153 Birds is part of a developing art project where writers, musicians and artists creatively engage with the avian residents of the endangered Bimblebox Nature Refuge to describe the bird species officially recorded there.

Bimblebox Nature Refuge is 8000 hectares of native bush-land in Queensland, Australia, legally recognised as a Nature Refuge and part of the National Reserve System of Protected Areas. It is currently under threat from massive coal-mining projects both directly over and under the refuge plus all around it, throughout the Galilee Basin.

Bimblebox Art Project is coordinated by artist Jill Sampson who developed the project as a way of exploring the material, visual, historical, scientific and physical existence of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge while questioning what the future holds and what human and societal value we place on it.

http://bimbleboxartproject.com                      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bimblebox-153-Birds/430044570446933

ARTIST STATEMENT:  As human encroachments on wildlife refuges expand to provide resources for city dwellers & mining magnates, native wetland birds such as the Australian White Ibis move to cities to survive.  Indeed this often-maligned bird, labeled a ‘tip turkey’ as it feeds on questionable waste, has become a city icon. Its apparently abundant numbers belie the health of wetlands on which it ultimately depends. Our Australian White Ibis is a close relative of the Sacred Ibis of Egypt, now in danger of extinction in spite of its once plentiful population. I’d like to elevate the Australian White Ibis from ‘tip turkey’ to sage, keeping in mind that the ancient Egyptian god Thoth, with the head of an Ibis, was considered a great counselor, mediator and patron of knowledge.

 

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