Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

11 DECEMBER – 08 MARCH 2020/1

South Australian Museum Adelaide SA

Carmel Wallace ‘Colony 6: Refuge’                                                                                                                                I’m interested in exploring the resonance of materials and impact of multiples. Made from silk and fallen needles of a valued old Canary Island Pine in Billilla Public Gardens in Brighton, Melbourne, Australia, this work honours the displaced and transplanted and embodies concepts of migration, nesting, transformation, and community. This particular pine is unique in shape due to a 1918 lightning strike. It’s listed on the National Trust register and celebrated for its difference. Although bearing the scars of a survivor, it’s appreciated for its beauty and contribution of shade and shelter for birds, possums, insects and people.