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

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:
© Carmel Wallace_Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2015_detail
Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2006 -2015  copyright Carmel Wallace 2015
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Artists navigate MELBOURNE


37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE


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

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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 by 17 February 2015
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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.            

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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Trajectories exhibition

Carmel Wallace 2014_Bloom_Prime Ministerial Library Deakin Waterfront Campus GeelongWorks 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]
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Exhibition in New York coming up!

© Carmel Wallace_The End of May_archival digital print_V low res                       © Carmel Wallace  The End of May archival digital print on 300gsm cotton rag paper, edition 30 with 3 A/P

This is my work for 40° 42′ N /37° 48′ S  a combined New York /Melbourne print exhibition at  National Arts Club Gramercy Park, New York, NY from October 26 – November 8, 2014

Curators of Melbourne work: Dianna Gold & Dr Carmel Wallace. 

Curator of NY work: Dr. Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints & Photographs, Museum of the City of New York

 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


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Artists navigate MELBOURNE

Sofitel lauch invitation frontSOFITEL launch invite back

 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.


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