ANU School of Art & Design Printmedia + Drawing lecturer Rebecca Mayo, Honours Convenor Raquel Ormella, Sessional Lecturer Anna Madeleine, and Gold & Silversmithing alumnus Alexander Boynes are all exhibiting in ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017, a Melbourne-based arts festival that explores the role of art as a catalyst for change to encourage a more sustainable future.
Rebecca Mayo’s work Habitus, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, responds to the history of the site through an installation of hand-made cloth sandbags. Printed with dyes made from indigenous and introduced plants and stacked to form a wall in the exhibition space, the sandbags reflect the cumulative impact of everyday activities. Rebecca is also part of the group exhibition Flow, curated by Heather Hesterman, at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick.
Anna Madeleine’s participatory work One Last Call, made in collaboration with curator Dr Renee Beale, invites visitors to recycle an unused or broken mobile phone in return for using a phone booth to record a voice message – their ‘one last call’ - to an online archive.
Raquel Ormella’s exhibition Southern Economies presents new textiles works commission for the festival, alongside an installation from 2005, '130 Davey Street'. The new works use hi-vis material to map Antarctica revealing this 'wilderness' as a space of contested global political economies.
Alexander Boynes is exhibiting with artist Mandy Martin and musician Tristen Parr in Luminous Relic, a collaborative painting and moving image installation. Based on fieldwork around industrial Geelong, it investigates the effects of industry on landscapes, fragile ecosystems and human conditions.
Luminous Relic by Alexander Boynes, Mandy Martin and Tristen Parr will be on at Geelong Gallery from 8th April - 9th July.
Image: Rebecca Mayo, Porous Borders, Impermeable Boundaries 2017 (detail), hemp, wool, natural dyes, sand, 360 x 130 x 38 cm. Photograph: Matthew Stanton.