Carmel Wallace lives in southwest Victoria/Gunditjmara Country. As printmaker, sculptor and installation-artist, she is interested in the roles art can play in strengthening connections to place and developing environmental awareness. She gained a PhD in this field from Deakin University in 1999. Carmel’s approach is a multi-disciplinary one, with stories of place a rich source of inspiration. She employs a variety of media in her sculpture, installation and printmaking processes, often incorporating cast-off or recycled materials into her work.
Complementing her art practice with teaching, writing and curating, she exhibits regularly and also enjoys the challenge of larger collaborative projects that engage the wider community. Her methodology is such that she develops parallel bodies of work that all slowly develop as materials accumulate.
Carmel received the 2019 Yering Station Sculpture Award and was one of sixteen artists commissioned to create a major installation for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2022. In addition to her 2022 solo exhibition at Warrnambool Art Gallery, she was selected to undertake a sponsored residency at Baldessin Press and exhibit in the Baldessin Studio: The Legacy exhibition at Australian Galleries, Melbourne. Carmel was also invited to exhibit a series of prints in The Beauty of Early Life, a major exhibition at ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany.