Downstairs Gallery, 5 -28 July
Artist talk – Tuesday, 23 July 11am
Both Merete and Miriam’s practices address the legacy that our relentless waste is leaving on our planet.
For several years now, Merete’s practice has been focused on Art and Climate Change and on how we need to shift from a human-centred to an Earth-centred mindset. These poles testify to the relentless waste produced during our epoch of the Anthropocene and to the sacrifice of the forests to allow for industrial scale agriculture and livestock production. It is the comingling, interdependence and interconnectedness of humans and nature that she is alluding to in her sculptures and she would like to attract the viewer through a playful aesthetics which rather than promoting guilt, hopefully can inspire empathy.
An aspect of a varied practice centred on long term research projects that result in immersive installations, Miriam’s three dimensional still lives combine unglazed porcelain, wooden sculpture and found objects. A lifelong gleaner, she started making moulds of disposable vessels and casting them in porcelain out of an interest in their form and texture as well as delight in the process. They later became an ongoing record of her own usage. With the extreme gravity of the consequences of our collective use of plastic and other ‘disposables’ now increasingly common knowledge, the work has been imbued with unforeseen meaning and associations.
Join the artists in discussion on their artwork and themes explored in On What Remains on Tuesday 23 July at 11am in the Downstairs Gallery at M|Arts Precinct.
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