2020 Exhibition

The online Listening in the Anthropocene exhibition will be officially launched by Mandy Martin at 6pm on Thursday August 27, 2020 via Zoom webinar (register in advance here). The artists are Bärbel Ulrich, Claire Baker, David Sargent, Donna Caffrey, Jack Randell, Jacquie O’Reilly, Jan Osmotherly, Jen Bervin, Jenni Munday, Justy Phillips, Karen Golland, Linda Fish, Lisa Roberts, Leanne Lovegrove, Louisa Waters, Marg Leddin, Margaret Woodward, Michelle O’Connor, Nicola Mason, Nicole Welch, Perdita Phillips, River Yarners, Ted Hendrickson, Tracy Sorensen and Wendy Alexander.

This will be followed by the launch of the next three Lost Rocks (2017-21) fictiōnellas with Margaret Woodward: Red Sandstone by Caroline Loewen, Granite by Helena Demczuk and Copper by Catherine Evans.

Exhibition items curated by The Creative Practice Circle. Online space designed and compiled by Tracy Sorensen.

A Published Event – Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward

A Published Event (Margaret Woodward and Justy Phillips) Lost Rocks (2017-21) Forty-book Library. Authors various. Digital webpress. 181mm x 111mm. Limited Edition/ 300. A Published Event. Hobart. In March 2016, A Published Event (Justy Phillips & Margaret Woodward) launched a five-year, slow-publishing collaboration called Lost Rocks (2017–21) – an accumulative event of mineralogical, metaphysical and metallurgical telling. Part artwork, part curatorial…

A Published Event – Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward (Erratic Ecologies)

A Published Event – Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward Erratic Ecologies Field Station, Or an emergent apparatus for speculative research (2019) Sixty-two copper-foiled episodes, two lengths of solid copper bar, one block of quarried Stony Creek Granite, one archival blueprint. A Published Event. New Haven, CT. Dimensions W 24cm X H 13cm x D 3cm. This ‘field station’— is an apparatus…

Bärbel Ullrich

Bärbel Ullrich THE SHROUD OF DARKNESS, 2020 (details) Mixed Media on Canvas. Height 510cm, width 170cm. Canvas buried for about 3 months and stitched and stencilled in studio. Work is in progress indefinitely. Artist’s Statement My interest lies in the complexities, layers and mysteries of nature, land and environment. My work explores the notion of ‘place’ and the essence of place…

Claire Baker

Claire Baker broken (n)aimless Mixed media work (foam packing sheets, op-shop sourced Sylko Size A embroidery thread, Velcro adhesive dots, broken shells, pebbles, glass splinter, ink. Dimensions: 59 cm x 71 cm My work reflects a desire to make a commentary on contemporary life by drawing on my studies of art history and various creative pursuits (stitching, writing, book binding). Witnessing…

David Sargent

David Sargent Extinction Digital print with augmented reality overlay 73x89cm ——— Extinction examines themes around communication, understanding, and acceptance in the face of anthropogenic degradation.  Australia has a catastrophic track record in terms of species decline and extinction. Every day, significant efforts from dedicated individuals and conservation organisations help to conserve our remaining species and their habitats. Simultaneously, we continue to destroy…

Donna Caffrey

Donna Caffrey Reflections on Birds and Cats Mixed media collage Bird song was a constant part of the aural environment were Donna was raised. After living in Melbourne and Sydney Donna returned to river country.  She and now lives in Albury, NSW. Her works draw on her memories of birds and bird song on the rivers and farms she was raised…

Jack Randell

Jack Randell Why Look at Animals 1) “Bongo” mixed media on Tyvec 38x52cm 2) “Przewalski’s Horse” ink, charcoal, graphite and wash on Tyvec 55x66cm I have depicted these subjects, being zoo animals, as highly alert but a disinterested observers of humans. This apparent indifference can be disconcerting to the zoo visitor. It represents a type of “existential dualism” as John Berger…

Jacqui O’Reilly

a a Jacqui O’Reilly A bird’s got to sing Sound, video, 2:54 min. Listen with headphones for best results. For mobiles view horizontal and full screen. A bird’s got to sing is a tribute to the Silvereye bird, also known as the Zosterops lateralis, often found in local urban areas in NSW as well as other parts of Australia and New…

Jan Osmotherly

Jan Osmotherly What I heard Two videos with sound: Searching – video 5 min 38 sec; Gasping – video 4 min 55 sec As a visual storyteller my goal is to stimulate attitudinal change at a local level – which in turn will inspire action to respect and care for our planet and all living things within. Facts alone, unfortunately, do…

Jen Bervin and A Published Event

Jen Bervin and A Published Event (Margaret Woodward and Justy Phillips) KINDNESS (2019) Graphite Rubbing on Kozo Rice paper. Dimensions1900mmx 460mm. KINDNESS (2019) was made during a field trip by the artists in search of 36 glacial erratic boulders, known as Babson’s Boulders, on Dogtown Common, Massachusetts, in Fall 2019. During the great depression Roger Babson (1875-1967) commissioned unemployed Finnish Stonecutters…

Jennifer Munday

Jenni Munday Postcards from the Asylum II 9 postcards + Title piece; cyanotype prints and embroidery The Postcards are an art response to the data and artefacts being collected in a research project about Mayday Hills, the former lunatic asylum, in Beechworth, Victoria. The Anthropocene period is said to date from the start of humans having a significant impact on the…

Karen Golland

Karen Golland Your one wild and precious life Roadside memorial – floral kangaroo sculpture. Materials – artificial flowers, hot glue and wire. Dimensions – Height 700mm Length 1100mm Width 350mm. I was eight when my family’s maroon ford falcon hit a large roo on the Euchareena road. I asked my dad if he remembered it. Remember? He said. How could I forget? There were four…

Linda Fish

Linda Fish The Tree Hugger Unique cast Bronze (no edition) H57 X W20 X D15cm I have used various materials, techniques and processes and often use the casting technique, making moulds which are then cast with cement, acrylic co-polymer or bronze. When I am not making sculptures I like to carve linocuts which I hand print without a press. This process…

Lisa Roberts, Leanne Lovegrove

Click the image to be taken to the Lunar Time Living Data Library Lisa Roberts, Leanne Lovegrove Lunar Time: a Living Data Library Digital media The Lunar Time Library is a vessel for holding and sharing stories. It evolves through the Living Data Seeding Treaties 3-year travelling project to bring together Indigenous and Western knowledge of ourselves as part of nature,…

Louisa Waters

Louisa Waters Listening Burning Single channel video: Duration 7:10 min Listening Burning explores anthropogenic fire regimes. The apocalyptic scenes of the 2019-2020 bush-fires saliently brought the Anthropocene to the fore, as the fires destabilised the human-centred story. Listening Burning, listens to both the Custodians of the lands that I live on and to the non-humans who I live-in-the-world-with. I respectfully acknowledge…

Marg Leddin

Marg Leddin Cicada Dance Lines Photograms, photographic paper/processes. Various dimensions. (See below for details.) These cicada photograms explore the catastrophic north east bushfires over the last decade. The series depicts shells with various native flora collected around Albury/Wodonga and north east Victorian fire areas. Most cicada shells were found in fire areas in late summer following the fires. The cicada’s myterious…

Michelle O’Connor

Michelle O’Connor Sounds of Significance Audio. Duration: 3 min. My research and practice in concerned with community – place and people. In particular, how we listen to our community and what our community sounds like.  I am influenced by Kate Lacey’s notion of listening out, where listening to unfamiliar stories from unfamiliar places can encourage deeper understandings of one another (Lacey,…

Nancy Kuhl and Margaret Woodward

Nancy Kuhl and Margaret Woodward Room 26 Discrete Notions Exhibition series 16 #2 5 x stamped and addressed digitally printed postcards. Dimensions: 110mmx 140mm. These five postcards are part of the Room 26 Discrete Notions Exhibition series curated by Nancy Kuhl. This set of postcards pays homage to Babson’s boulders. During the Great Depression, Roger Babson a businessman, notable for predicting…

Nic Mason

Nic Mason Brush-tailed rock-wallaby (wirrang) scat strip I Water colour, charcoal and conte crayon on paper, 15 x 127 cm (framed 28.5 x 153.5 cm). Brush-tail rock-wallaby wirrang scat strip I sits with a number of series of works that I created during 2019. These series were created as part of or in conjunction with: Art of Threatened Species, a project in…

Nicole Welch

Nicole Welch Yarrahapinni 2019 Single channel HD infrared time lapse. 3:21mins, 50 inch screen, gilded frame edition of 3. This limited-edition video was available for the duration of the Listening in the Anthropocene online Exhibition and Symposium, August 27-28, 2020. For more information, contact Nicole Welch. The Yarrahapinni time-lapse film records tidal flow into an estuary, symbolically referencing the rejuvenation and…

Perdita Phillips

Perdita Phillips A forecast of storm (Derbarl Yerrigan), 2020 Video. 8:53 Please listen with headphones. Swan River dolphin recordings provided by Chandra Salgado Kent, Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Curtin University. Late at night, when the wind swings to the west, I can hear the inner harbour of the port of Fremantle, some distance from where I live. The low…

Ted Hendrickson

Ted Hendrickson Babson’s Boulder, Kindness, Gloucester, MA. (2017) Pigment print on rag paper. Dimensions 330mmx 840 mm. During the past thirty-five years, Ted Hendrickson’s photographs have explored the nature of landscape as image. Ranging from the man-made scene of the built environment to the wooded and coastal landscape that comprises what is left of “Nature” in Southern New England, Hendrickson’s laconic…

The River Yarners

The River Yarners  Yarned River  Width approx 40cm, length approx 80 metres The Yarned River is a crocheted, knitted, woven and decorated object 20-50 centimetres wide by about 80 metres in length. It is stored as a series of large wound bales. During community events, actions and conferences in the Central West of New South Wales, parts or all of the…

Tracy Sorensen

Tracy Sorensen Listen to your body (2020) Crocheted wool and acrylic yarn, approx. 40cm x 26cm x 10cm. In 2014, when I was diagnosed with Stage 3C primary peritoneal cancer, I picked up my crochet hook. I created a set of abdominal organs, soft and three dimensional, along with two pom-poms tumours. The task was both informative (I had to learn…

Wendy Alexander

Wendy Alexander Regent Honeyeater – money-eater clutch Clutch purse knitted using traditional colour-work techniques, displayed on a foil cake-board. Wool, plastic button, wire, cake-board. H: 40 cm x W: 40 cm x D: 5cm. Knitted fabric inspired by the complex ‘negative’ patterning of black/white, and deep gold highlights, in the feathering of the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. Constructing the fabric into…

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