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‘printed in portland ‘Portland Bay Press 2 Sept. – 2 Oct.

 

Carmel Wallace 'Printed in Portland' exhibition invitation
Carmel Wallace ‘Printed in Portland’ exhibition invitation

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

 

Front Window Project: Carmel Wallace July 1 – July 30 2016

Carmel Wallace, Colony 4, 2016 (detail)
Carmel Wallace, Colony 4, 2016 (detail)
http://www.frontwindow.com.au/in-the-window/  69 Victoria Parade, Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia
Carmel Wallace_Colony 4_Front Window Project installation 2016_detail 2
Carmel Wallace_Colony 4_Front Window Project installation 2016_detail 2
Carmel Wallace_Colony 4 installation_Front Window Project_July 2016
Carmel Wallace_Colony 4 installation_Front Window Project_July 2016
“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

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
http://virtualarboretum.com.au/2015/03/22/flora/

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.

‘four’ exhibition @ PAC, Portland Victoria Australia

'four' invitation @ PAC March 2015 sml

This exhibition includes my newly finished installation Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee

© Carmel Wallace_Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2015
 
Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2006 -2015  copyright Carmel Wallace 2015
This work began as an investigation into the inner life of our local native forest, the Cobboboonee. Mimicking the style of many a naturalist before me, I collected specimens  for a work to be created as part of the Great South West Walk Art Project in 2006. However, to be properly seasoned the wood needed to be oiled and stored, so it is only now that I have it ready to show. Whittling away the bark became a meditative exercise. I felt rather like a surgeon, or a miner, as I cut back the bark to uncover the richness of the bare branches – the bones of the trees – beneath. 
A short film of the work, including some footage of the Cobboboonee Forest here:  https://vimeo.com/132408467
© Carmel Wallace_Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2015_detail
 
Bare Bones of the Cobboboonee 2006 -2015  copyright Carmel Wallace 2015