I am very pleased to be included in the Qld Regional Art Awards, titled 'Colours' touring exhibition next year with my artwork Kallymenia cribrosa. Congratulations to the winners and all the other artists included in the exhibition. Thanks Flying Arts.
In 2012 Umbrella Studio Arts Townsville, sent me as their first artist to a 3 months residency in Aberystwyth, Wales. Whilst there, I spent considerable time ankle deep in layers of seaweed collecting and photographing it. Since returning I have been studying Professor William H. Harvey ‘Phycologica Australica’ on Australian marine algae that he collected whilst he visited Australia in 1853 to 1856. This particular seaweed is a Rhodophyta or red algae. Copper is also a red metal and changes colour which replicates the green, brown and red colours of seaweed. I have utilised a recycled hot water service as copper is prolific in north Queensland and the hot water alludes to our northern heat and rising temperatures. The base is cast in polyester resin, a plastic which hints at my continuing dismay of plastic detritus of plastic in our ocean environment, like that which I found amongst the seaweed.
Photos by Andrew Rankin
For a full list of winners and those included in the exhibition see: http://flyingarts.org.au/…/regional-art-awards-winners-2016/