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Swamp Cartography: notes in sliver and clay.
Exhibition and sale of jewellery and porcelain artworks.
Noosa Regional Gallery
When: 09 May 2012 - 30 June 2012
Where: Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican Street, Tewantin.
Discover the hidden secrets of the wallum in the porcelain vessels and silver jewellery of Shannon Garson and Rebecca Ward as their latest project, Swamp Cartography: notes in sliver and clay shows in Noosa.
In Swamp Cartography Shannon and Rebecca have documented the often overlooked “wallum” (coastal lowland heath) swamplands of South-East Queensland after receiving a much sought after Arts Queensland grant in 2009. Swamp Cartography culminates in a travelling exhibition promoting public awareness and appreciation of the fast-disappearing wallum ecosystem.
Shannon and Rebecca began the collaborative process with a series of field trips to local wallum areas including North Stradbroke Island, Tin Can Bay, and Lake Currimundi. Drawings, photographs and silicon and clay impressions were taken of the delicate and varied twigs, leaves, seeds and flowers found in the wallum. The hours spent with the hot sun on their backs and the scratchy wallum on hands and knees have inspired a stunning collection of objects ranging from delicate silver necklaces of leptospermum blossoms through to beautiful porcelain vessels covered in intricate map-like drawings of the wallum.
Distinctive flora such as scribbly gums, sundews, banskia and coral ferns wait to be discovered in the Swamp Cartography range of tea-pots, cups, yunomi (Japanese beakers), sandblasted glass sculpture, bowls, necklaces, brooches and earrings. These diverse artworks provide a map, not only of the wallum through the seasons, but also a map of the artistic, collaborative process. The marks and impressions on the jewellery, sculpture and vessels draw the viewer through the many layers of the wallum, illuminating a complex and beautiful botanical world.
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What Rebecca Ward's jewellery is about
Rebecca says, "I look for the unexpected when selecting and combining materials. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this is collecting the materials: pebbles from remote beaches in New Zealand, fragments of glass from old seaside resort areas and vintage found objects from junk stores. I am drawn to small objects that have their own histories and convey a sense of place and time. It is important for art to tell a story from the heart and jewellery offers a portable medium for this. My work investigates themes of lost times, environment, and journeys. Visit my fossicking gallery to see some of the places I have sourced material."