Tag Archives: environment

‘Petite’ at Wangaratta Art Gallery 4 June – 17 July 2016

CARMEL WALLACE_Hybrid Reef 3_2015_beachfound fishing ropes & cable ties_H23xW22xD19cm
CARMEL WALLACE_Hybrid Reef 3_2015_beachfound fishing ropes & cable ties_H23xW22xD19cm

My work Hybrid Reef has been selected for this exhibition.

‘Our fifth biennial Petite – Miniature Textiles exhibition goes from strength to strength, with artists from around the country participating in this project, displaying contemporary textiles that are no larger than 30 x 30 x 30cm.

Techniques and themes exploring everything from the joy of pure colour, texture and decoration, through to more serious contemplation on environmental and social issues and elements that propel textiles into the realm of art.’ wangarattaartgallery.com.au

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition 1 May – 12 June 2016

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition

My work Blue Wedge Forest was recently selected to be in the Toorak Village Sculpture exhibition in Melbourne, Australia. It was inspired by my local Portland environment and the wooden cargo wedges used on ships and sometimes found washed up along the coast. 

Carmel Wallace, Blue-Wedge Forest 2015
Carmel Wallace, Blue-Wedge Forest 2015

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist 2015

I have been selected as a finalist in this year’s Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize with my work Daphne.

CARMEL WALLACE_Daphne 2015_fiberglass reinforced plastic; recycled manufactured leaves_L 77cm x w 14.5cm x h 12.5cm
CARMEL WALLACE_Daphne 2015_fiberglass reinforced plastic; recycled manufactured leaves_L 77cm x w 14.5cm x h 12.5cm

Daphne was inspired by the Laurel tree in the Portland Botanical Gardens and the myth of Apollo and Daphne that has been interpreted widely in art and literature. According to myth, Daphne is transformed into a Laurel tree so she can escape the advances of Apollo. In the words of Andrew Marvell:

                                                The Gods, that mortal Beauty chase,

                                                Still in a Tree did end their race.

                                                Apollo hunted Daphne so,

                                                Only that She might Laurel grow.

                                                                                    The Garden 1681

This myth is pertinent in a contemporary environmental context where recognition of our relationship with the natural world and the interconnectedness of all life forms underpin the development of solutions to current issues.

Virtual Arboretum Project: FLORA

Ella Eade as Flora, Botanical Gardens Portland Victoria Australia. photograph by James Wallace 2014
Ella Eade as Flora, Botanical Gardens Portland Victoria Australia. photograph by James Wallace 2014

FLORA is a short film by Carmel Wallace and Colleen Hughson with music composed  by Michael Wallace  Flora is played by Ella Eade. Portland Victoria Australia 2015

 Flora celebrates the richness and fecundity of nature, personified by a young woman wearing a cloak* made of flowers. The singular beauty of indigenous species is displaced by seductive mass plantings of exotic flora as introduced by successive boat people to these shores. Whilst we may question this displacement, the film presents a post-colonial view of harmonious co-habitation: the bees happily feast on the nectar of both indigenous and introduced flowers, and we as audience also enjoy the extravagant beauty of both. 

*Titled Flowers for Gardens, this cloak was originally created by Carmel Wallace in 2013 for One River, a Centenary of Canberra project, supported by the ACT Government & the Australian Government, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, The Sidney Myer Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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

SymbioticA Adaptation exhibition

INQB8 Gallery, Mandurah 6 May – 10 June 2012             http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/activities/exhibitions/adaptation

Opening Sunday 6 May

Exploring the microbe to the macro, and everything in between, Adaptation is SymbioticA’s art and ecology research project.

The Adaptation exhibition features the projects undertaken by the Adaptation artists-in-residence embedded in Lake Clifton, south of Mandurah in Western Australia from 2008 to 2012.


  • ART ORIENTÉ OBJET, Plutôt que tout (More than Everything)
  • JUAN M. CASTRO, Heliotropika
  • ORON CATTS, The Autotroph
  • PERDITA PHILLIPS, The Sixth Shore
  • VYONNE WALKER, Slowest Growing Sculpture
  • CARMEL WALLACE, Visualizing Adaptation: Surface And Beyond
  • ANNAMARIA WELDON, Sharing The Edge


37th Alice Prize 2012

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

© Carmel Wallace

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)