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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 2015Flora 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.
This exhibition includes my newly finished installation Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee.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 Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2006 -2015 copyright Carmel Wallace 2015
to be exhibited at Gravura Brasileira, Sao Paulo, Brazil 17 March – 30 April 2015
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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.
Works from my Bloom series currently in the Trajectories exhibition at the Prime Ministerial Library Gallery, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Deakin University Australia – until 16 December 2014
[copyright Carmel Wallace 2014]
© Carmel Wallace The End of May archival digital print on 300gsm cotton rag paper, edition 30 with 3 A/P
Curators of Melbourne work: Dianna Gold & Dr Carmel Wallace.
Our joint New York /Melbourne exhibition is listed on the 2014 New York print Week program along with print exhibitions at major institutions such as the Guggenheim and MoMA.
and a poem about my work . . .
the end of May
gusts animate falling plane leaves / a farewell curlicue dance / through thinning air /
collins street 5pm /crisp leaves crackle and crunch / beneath determined feet /
melbourne in autumn / quieter walks on leafy carpet / softened by rain /
and amongst fallen leaves / other seasons’ ends / rest and curl Carmel Wallace 2014
On 13 August 2014, 37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE was officially launched at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins by the office of the Rt. Hon. Cr Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Cr Beverley Pinder -Mortimer officiated.
37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE (co-curated by Carmel Wallace, and Dianna Gold, Director of Dianna Gold Fine Arts Pty Ltd.) is an exciting and provocative visual art project exploring life in Melbourne through street-art practices and traditional printmaking techniques.
The twelve project artists are: Angela Cavalieri, Bindi Cole, Carmel Wallace, Cat Poljski, Debra Luccio, Eolo Paul Bottaro, Heather Shimmen, Regan Tamanui aka HA! HA! Judy Holding, Marco Luccio, Rona Green, Rone.
Watch the short 37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE film clip; view the photos of the event taken by Aldona Kmiec; and visit project’s public FB page for updates.