Alliance Française 51 Grey Street, St Kilda. Victoria Australia
Honoured to be included in this exhibition and symposium featuring the work of Australian and Indian artists, writers and researchers. This new exhibition creatively explores both customary knowledge and contemporary issues surrounding water.
I am pleased to have been invited as the next Artist-in-Residence at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, beginning Sunday 31st May 2015. This residency program is organised by Global Arts Projects, consultant curators to the hotel. Previous artists-in residence have been Donna Marcus, Andre Hemer, Anne Zahalka, Rolande Souliere, Bruce Reynolds, Gosia Wlodarczak, and Robyn Stacey.
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
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT Australia. Opening: Friday 11 May 2012. Exhibition: Saturday 12 May – Sunday 10 June 2012
‘The 2012 Alice Prize biennial exhibition will be, as always, engaging and provocative. It features a broad range of media from assemblages in 2D, paintings, sculptures and drawings to multimedia, performance art, photography and digital prints. Indigenous and non-indigenous artists from across Australia are represented in the 65 finalists selected from over 380 entries.
Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, will judge the winner of the $25,000 Prize (acquisitive). He joins a long list of distinguished judges from the top echelons of the Australian art establishment who have contributed to building a notable collection, and a significant record of Australian contemporary art, for the people of Central Australia.’
Presented by the Alice Springs Art Foundation
Desert Colony, my work for this exhibition, hangs as if waiting for unknown hatchlings to emerge. The cocoon form symbolises the sense of change now brewing in nature and the possibility of new life being nurtured by our creations. This form seemed appropriate for responding to unfamiliar desert landscapes – for capturing stories, places and memories that survive and develop long after a journey has ended. I began with newspaper and some earth-stained rope, adding objects found on the ground at roadside stops. Discarded fencing-wire I formed into a breathing cocoon of desert air; black fishing-net echoes burnt terrain; blue rope the surprise of water; green the life it nurtures; and cable-ties the sharpness of spinifex . . . (Carmel Wallace 2012)