A number of my linocut prints (relating to my research on extinction) are currently being exhibited as part of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland’s online Illustrating Anthropology exhibition, which explores human lives around the world through comics, drawings, and paintings of anthropological research:
This Friday 31st July, the Printmaker’s Association of Western Australia’s (PAWA’s) ‘Bodies of Work’ exhibition opens at the Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle (46 Henry St, Fremantle). The opening is from 6-8pm and the exhibition, which comprises works from PAWA members, runs until the 16 August. The exhibition is a combination of ‘bodies of work’ from a number of PAWA members as well as single work contributions from other members.
Six works from my ‘The Waratah and the Thylacine’ series are being shown.
Many thanks to PAWA for creating this opportunity.
Heathcote Cultural Precinct (HCP) has just opened an exhibition showing work of artists associated with the precinct. The exhibition is called ‘HCP – In an Era of Isolation’. Each of us were invited to submit a work that we made during lockdown or which might reflect on our experience of lockdown. The work I submitted is a hand-coloured linocut print called Ever Present Absence.
Ever Present Absence is part of my Waratah Series, a series of images combining the waratah flower (Telopea speciosissima) with thylacine motifs. The series was begun during the Australian 2020 bushfires and continued through the COVID-19 lockdown, and seeks to explore beauty, ephemerality, and loss through combining these two iconic images. The thylacine and the waratah reference impacts on Australian fauna and flora following colonisation and the ongoing degradation of the environment subsequently (waratahs are now a protected species, ‘in the wild’). Telopea (from the Greek word telopos, meaning ‘seen from afar’), is also a way of talking about the many years that we have known about climate change and its likely effects.
Ever Present Absence/ Hand-coloured linocut print on Magnani 300gsm paper/ Edition of 10/ Waratah series.
Harvey Mullen & I at the Swan River Print Studio getting ready for the City of Melville Open Studios Weekend, coming up on the 14 and 15 September. Swan River Print Studio is one of the participating studios. Photo courtesy of Miles Noel Photography https://milesnoel.com/