Registrations to take part in Embracing the Familiar have now closed.
If you have already registered for the project, please return your completed kit in the return paid envelope provided with your kit, or drop it off at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre during business hours.
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Embracing the familiar by Rebecca Mayo is a community participation arts project that responds to some of the challenges that have faced the ACT region and the world since late 2019.
With the help of the TAC community, Rebecca Mayo will develop a new iteration of a 2017 project held in Tamworth, A Cure for Plant Blindness, that invited locals to take a rubbing around the girth of a tree they love and to share the story of that tree. Since late 2019 a lot has happened. Throughout the ACT and broader regions, we have all been affected by bushfires, associated smoke haze, damaging hailstorms and now the Covid-19 global pandemic. While the long term effects of this situation are not clear, we are all staying close to home. Walking local streets and parks has replaced organised sport, visits to the skate-park or local pool.
Embracing the Familiar asks the community what comfort might be found in this enforced turning inwards. Has this slower paced, looped walking (where we set off to get out of the house, rather than to reach a physical destination) allowed us to pay a new kind of attention to our neighbourhoods and what grows there? Rubbings of trees and the stories of why people love them, or how they have come to notice them anew during the extraordinary recent events is the subject of this work.
The tree rubbings that have been provided by the community are all sent to Rebecca in her studio where she will use the rubbing and leaves with screen-printing and natural dyeing processes to create a 1:1 scale textile version of your rubbing. These will be exhibited together with all the other local trees and their stories in the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in 2021
About the Artist
Rebecca Mayo is an Australian artist. She is a Lecturer in the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University. Trained in printmaking, she is interested in how characteristics of print, such as repetition, reproduction and copying, might articulate and connect to the politics of thinking, being and moving through the world. She principally examines relations and interactions between human and more-than-human life, often in urban and peri-urban sites. She uses site and species specific plant dye in her practice, thereby offering audiences a physical and material connection to these plants or places. In 2019 she was the winner of the inaugural Castlemaine Art Museum Print Prize.