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.

http://bimbleboxartproject.com                      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bimblebox-153-Birds/430044570446933

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
 

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: http://www.lornesculpture.com/mainstreet/12.html

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY GALLERY PROGRAM 2014

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.