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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

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.


Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014

INVITATION- Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014
Atlantis © Carmel Wallace 2014

My Atlantis series developed in contemplation of imaginary underwater worlds composed of plastic objects I have collected on the tide-lines during my many beach-walks along the southwest coast of Victoria.  All the objects that form these small sculptures have spent time in the ocean, their marine journeys evidenced in inscribed surfaces and modified forms.  

More of my work at Lorne:


Cover image by Carmel Wallace, from the exhibition ‘Trajectories’, to be shown 24 July to 30 August 2014
‘Flowers for Gardens’ cloak:  velvet, silk, embroidery, flowers from various materials  (detail), 2013,  modelled by Arna-Marie Sagen.   Photograph by Carmel Wallace.  This work was created by Carmel Wallace for One River, a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Govt. & the Aust. Govt., the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, The Sidney Myer Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts.