The exhibition Greenworld comes at a time when, as city dwellers in lockdown, our appreciation for the green and open spaces of our parks, creeks and rivers, and the shoreline of the bay, has strengthened.
Our access to these pockets of nature close to home have become more meaningful and life affirming for people than ever before. Baysiders have an incredible array of places to escape to, even for a moment.
This exhibition reflects on the power of nature to offer relief, sustenance and inspiration during these times of intense interiority.
Painting, photography, collage and sculptural works by renowned artists provide moments of reflection on nature as a restorative force in our lives.
Artists share their connection to the earth, the sky, nature’s lush foliage, its crystallised minerals and its medicinal provisions; celebrating the natural world’s capacity to nurture both physically and spiritually.
Take a break by putting together our online jigsaw puzzle of one of James Morrison's feature pieces.
Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler
Artists Wona Bae (South Korea) and Charlie Lawler (Australia) are a collaborative duo, known internationally for their installations and sculptures that navigate the visceral and symbiotic connections between people and nature. Their works deconstruct and distort familiar natural forms and present new landscapes to be considered and explored.
Bae and Lawler present the natural world as active and central in an era of polarisation, inequality, inaction and apathy. Their work combines installation, sculpture, sound, two-dimensional artworks, and photographs documenting ephemeral interventions. Notable recent accomplishments include the exhibition of ‘En Route’ their first major public museum presentation at Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2019/2020. The museum also holds their work in its permanent collection. The pair were winners of the Yering Gallery Award at the 2019 Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Award.
If you missed the online discussion with Bayside Gallery Curator, Joanna Bosse and artists Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler last week you can view it below.
Melbourne-based artist Naomi Eller works primarily with clay and collage. Eller’s work is inspired by nature, myth, and the human condition. Through her practice Eller seeks to translate complex emotional states into visual forms. In her most recent work, the artist pieces together objects which have been handmade, found and adapted to produce a body of work which is psychologically transformational.
Several of her works are held in Australian state and national collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria and the James Mollison Collection.
Nicole Foreshew is an artist, curator, and writer from the Wiradjuri Nation in central west New South Wales. As a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video, sculpture, and textiles, Foreshew’s practice explores the significant relationship between cultural identity and connection to the land. Through her practice, Foreshew seeks to document the transformation of the land and emphasises the often invisible and subtle changes occurring to earth through human intervention.
Her works are held in several state and regional galleries across Australia including the Murray Art Museum, Albury; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Perth born, Melbourne-based artist Teelah George works in a diverse range of mediums and is best known for her densely embroidered fabric ‘paintings’. George draws on a range of material culture including both text and visual imagery to engage in a form of storytelling that embodies expansive concepts like time and sensation.
Teelah George is represented in the collections of Artbank, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; University of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, WA; the City of Joondalup Collection, WA; and Monash University, Melbourne.
Melbourne-based American artist Joiwind Lowe is a multi-disciplinary artist who currently works in photography. Her photo printed fabric installation commissioned for Greenworld traces her engagement with the local environment of her home here in Bayside. The work charts Lowe’s journey as she traverses the parklands and the beach during a time of intense inner reflection due to the impacts of Covid-19. Lowe’s practice centres on capturing the poetry and stillness of the everyday and creating subtle injections of intimacy into chaotic public spaces.
Lowe holds a Bachelor of Spatial Arts from San Jose State University, California, and Masters of Art in Public Space, from RMIT University. She is a practicing Doctor of Oriental Medicine, which she conceives of in terms of ‘interior sculpture’.
James Morrison is a multi-disciplinary artist who largely works in the medium of painting. Born in Papua New Guinea, Morrison relocated to Melbourne with his family at the age of thirteen.
Trained as a florist, Morrison’s work is largely inspired by the natural world and in particular his own childhood growing up in Papua New Guinea. Well known for his use of rich, often iridescent, colour and fantastical imagery that is reminiscent of a children’s storybook, the artist refers to his work as blurring the lines between ‘myth and reality’.
Morrison holds a Postgraduate diploma in Fine Art from Victorian College of the Arts. His work is held in a number of collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Monash University Art Collection, Melbourne; and TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria.
Betty Muffler is a Pitjantjatjara artist who works largely in the medium of painting. She is a senior cultural woman and Ngangkari (traditional healer) in Indulkana Community on the Anangu Pitjantatjara Yankunytjara (APY) Lands in remote north-west South Australia. Growing up on Ernabella mission, she was taught Ngangkari (healing) from her aunties. Muffler draws on both spiritual and historical themes to produce large monochromatic works in black and white that incorporate both abstract pictographs and surface designs to depict her connection to land. The artist describes her practice in the following terms: ‘when I am painting, I am touching the canvas and I am feeling good energy – it is connecting with my spirit and all of these feelings become part of my painting.’
Alongside her practice as an artist, Betty Muffler works as a traditional healer with NPY Women’s Council and medical practitioners.
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