When:6 - 28 July
During a brief and productive Craft ACT residency in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the spring of 2017, four artists had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ecology and heritage which enveloped them. Although from diverse practices and traditions, the artists shared similar modes of exploration – each one finding walking space, traversing the environment on foot and documenting with drawing, photography and mark making.
The exhibition embraces their responses in glass, drawing, textiles and installation.
Ruby Berry is a textile based artist working with three dimensional sculptural textile works and sensory engagement. Her work explores ideas of protection, comfort and containment. She uses traditional, natural materials combined with traditional process of hand spinning and basket making to create contemporary crafted objects. The objects act as a physical record of her gestures of making, communicating to the viewer the intimacy, time and energy devoted to each object.
Holly Grace is a Melbourne based glass artist and a frequent hirer at the Canberra Glassworks. For Holly, glass has become a lens to explore the complexity of the natural world. Exploring first with the camera and then with the material, Grace uses glass as a surface for translating light and creating sublime landscapes both real and imagined.
Holly’s recent artwork explores local histories of the Kosciuszko and Namadgi regions. People and place are investigated through research conducted at the National Library of Australia and National Archives of Australia. Research that is further explored through personal photography and documentation of the landscape, creating artwork layered with context and imagery.
By exploring the cultural and the physical landscapes Holly Grace seeks to create a poetic interpretation of the Australian vernacular.
Melinda Heal is a Canberra-based textile artist inspired by the natural environment. She takes the traditional Japanese resist-dyeing techniques of katazome and yuzen and applies them to distinctly Australian imagery of eucalypts, colourful birds and native flora. Her work often has an underlying theme of environmental change: endangered bird species, the fragmentation of habitat, and more recently, the proliferation of condemned but beautiful weeds. Spurred by interactions with clay soil and charcoal as drawing tools during the Tidbinbilla spring residency, Melinda has been collecting and experimenting with coloured soils and rocks from around Canberra. These colours have become a miniature library of place, with the most resilient colours being mixed into natural pigment paints. Using these Canberran pigments and katazome stencil-dyeing, Melinda will be presenting a series of works that chart the unique and interrelated species of birds and plants encountered during walks around Cinerea Cottage and the Tidbinbilla nature reserve in the midst of its spring glory.
Sally Mumford is a Canberra-based artist who works across various mediums including drawing, printmaking, glass and soft sculpture. She is currently completing honours in Visual Arts at ANU.
At Tidbinbilla, Sally was inspired by the granite tors, created through the process of heat and pressure over geological time. Elemental forces continue to form and reform the matter that makes up these rocks. Alongside this, our own human presence is observed in traces of interactions scattered throughout the landscape.