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) WINNER of the YERING STATION SCULPTURE AWARD 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.
I have been selected as an Artist in Residence starting in July this year. The program supports the development of new works by contemporary artists in the garden setting of Billilla historic mansion at 26 Halifax Street, Brighton, Australia.
Billilla Mansion, Brighton