Category Archives: exhibitions

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 1 May – 12 June 2016

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition

My work Blue Wedge Forest was recently selected to be in the Toorak Village Sculpture exhibition in Melbourne, Australia. It was inspired by my local Portland environment and the wooden cargo wedges used on ships and sometimes found washed up along the coast. 

Carmel Wallace, Blue-Wedge Forest 2015
Carmel Wallace, Blue-Wedge Forest 2015

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

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

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.


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.

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.


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