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.
A selection of 3D and 2D works from Warrnambool Art Gallery’s permanent collection.
‘One of Warrnambool Art Gallery’s most famous paintings, Tower Hill by Eugene von Guerard (1855) is the earliest pictorial record we have of Tower Hill. As such, it is used as a primary source of evidence used by rangers today to reconstruct, rehabilitate and re-vegetate the site which was once denuded and destroyed by European settlers. However accurate this painting is (over 15 specific native plant species can be identified in the work), the fact remains that Tower Hill is being reconstructed through the vision of von Guerard.
This exhibition takes a look at how landscapes are constructed and de-constructed all the time both physically and in our imaginations. The works chosen depict different aspects of the Australian landscape such as the rugged coastline of the southwest, the Dreamtime YawkYawk, the plantations of the Portland area and the stunning sunsets and sunrises of our region.’ http://www.thewag.com.au/exhibition/landscape-constructed
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.
“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
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
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.