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.
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.
My verandah was laden with materials gathered from the tideline. Although used regularly in my artwork, this beach-found collection grew at a seemingly exponential rate! Beached Verandah was devised as an innovative project that would make creative use of my beach gleanings. It drew artists together and provided them with a rare opportunity to work with one person’s collection from a particular place – Discovery Bay in southwest Victoria. The project immersed artists in this coastal environment, encouraging them to share knowledge and explore unfamiliar materials and techniques. The outcome is individual and collaborative sculptures and installations about the place the materials were collected from and the environmental issues they are indicative of. It was wonderful to have the opportunity of working with these artists and sharing my beach-found collection with them.
This solo exhibition is a survey of prints by Carmel Wallace, including early screen-prints developed at Portland Community Access Print-shop and etchings, relief and mono prints made at Portland Bay Press and in the artist’s studio. Review by Marguerite Brown
“I am interested in exploring the resonance of repurposed materials and the impact of multiples as compositional elements. For this installation I have woven beach-found fishing ropes to create a colony of enigmatic forms. My inspiration comes largely from the volcanic vents punctuating the plains [and ocean-beds] of southwest Victoria and the organic forms that inhabit them. Fishing practices and environmental issues are also referenced in the materials and construction of the pieces.” Carmel Wallace 2016