Category Archives: sculpture

2022 Lorne Sculpture Biennale

12 March – 3 April 2022

Lorne  Victoria Australia

Carmel Wallace, Lorne Lode: Sampling the Core 2022 [detail] installation of 17 sculptures, H90-150 x 40-123 x D35-60cm, painted & stencilled museum crates, recycled materials, bioluminescent particles.      Carmel Wallace drive-by viewing of the full sculpture installation
Utilising her familiar methodology of gathering materials indicative of place, Wallace cut ‘core samples’ from locally-sourced, recycled, manufactured and natural elements embedded with stories of Lorne. These were presented on wooden structures created to play on the idea of museum-style crates with their reference to valuable contents. Stencilled words and images painted with bioluminescent particles offer further conceptual readings.  Saxophonist and composer Michael Wallace was commissioned by LSB2022 to write and perform an original piece in response to the site and installation [Lorne Lode: Sampling the Core 2022].                                                                                                     


YVA Yering Station Sculpture Award finalist exhibition

27 February – 25 April 2022

Yering Station, Yarra Glen 3775 Australia

Carmel Wallace Chroma 2, 2022.  Sculpted fallen branches from significant neighbourhood trees, UV resistant pigment paint, stainless steel multi-strand wire and fixtures.

CHROMA 2 is conceived as a celebration of trees and forests; an invitation to consider the beauty of their forms; an alert to their presence, vulnerability, and role in the face of our changing climatic conditions.

Earth Canvas

17 July – 29 August 2021

Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier, South Australia

Earth Canvas exhibition at Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier SA, with Carmel Wallace’s commissioned work Earth Tiles: Sampling Glenhuntly Farm in the foreground.                                                       Photo: Tim Rosenthal

Working at Liam and Sarah Brokensha’s property, Glenhuntly, for Earth Canvas was a perfect opportunity for me to extend parameters and experience regenerative farming in action. I decided to focus on soil as its health and vitality underpin productivity, the core of regenerative farming philosophy.  My work for this exhibition has been created using samples of the major soil types at Glenhuntly, strengthened with both organic and inorganic materials found at the sites around the farm from which these samples were obtained.

Ref. Art Guide AUSTRALIA July/August 2021 p.210                                         [Listing by Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre]



20 November 2019 – 5 January 2020 Main Gallery, Yering Station VIC

The works in this solo exhibition are selected from an ongoing series, begun in 2003, focusing on the coastal environment of my home territory in southwest Victoria, Australia. All works in Undertow are made of fishing gear broken free and washed up on the beaches of Discovery Bay. Each is made of a particular collection I’ve amassed over many years of walking this sensational coastline.

Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards

13 October – 8 December 2019 Yering Station 38 Melba Hwy Yarra Glen 3775 Australia

Carmel Wallace REFUGE 2017/8
Recycled safety-net, pine needles, thread. Size:variable (8m x 230cm x 15cm fully extended).
photo by Kristian Laemmle-Ruff
Carmel Wallace REFUGE 2017/8
Recycled safety-net, pine needles, thread.
Size:variable (8m x 230cm x 15cm fully extended)

Created in Billilla gardens during my 2017/18 Bayside Artist Residency, Refuge embodies migration, resilience and shelter. This work is made of fallen pine needles both thickly matted on the floor and threaded into a discarded trampoline safety-net. The tree that provided the needles is a migrant pine species from the Canary Islands off Africa. Unique in shape as a result of a lightning strike in 1918, it is listed on the National Trust register for its ‘curious form’ and celebrated for its difference. Although bearing the scars of a survivor, it is appreciated for its beauty and contribution of shade and shelter for birds, possums, insects and humans in the public garden where it grows. Many people worked with me under this tree to create Refuge and in doing so celebrate difference, community and contribution.