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High-tide

08 MARCH – 28 MARCH 2020

QDOS Fine Arts 35 Allenvale Road Lorne VIC Australia                      

Created largely from fishing-gear amassed over many years of exploring the coastal environment of southwest Victoria, this selection of abstract sculptural and assemblage works and limited edition prints is from a number of on-going series addressing issues relating to climate change and use of resources.

Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards

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).
photo by Kristian Laemmle-Ruff
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.

Beached Verandah exhibition @ Wishart Gallery in Port Fairy

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.

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

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.