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The Intertidal Zone at Flinders Lane Gallery

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Flinders Lane Gallery's new exhibition, The Intertidal Zone is a collection of pieces inspired by Christine Willcocks's wanderings through the 'no-mans-land' between high and low tide. Christine explains that "The Intertidal Zone is the area between tidemarks, that which is exposed to the air at low tide and underwater at high tide."

A fascination with natural (and some manmade) objects discarded by the tide spurred Christine's habit for collecting and documenting the objects featured in this exhibition. "Having walked this zone for many years, I have in turn collected, documented and accumulated interesting, not to mention wondrous objects such as sea sponges, plastics, shells, dead birds, rocks etc," says Christine.

Christine explains that her "fascination is not just with collections but also with the psychology of display" and more specifically the way museums classify and present items. "Over the past years my work has focused on the demise of the natural world and its renewal, often as objects or artefacts within an institutional setting," says Christine, who explored this notion further in her 2010 exhibition, Musče Imaginaire.

Susi Muddiman, Director of Tweed River Gallery observes that "Willcocks's work evokes visual beauty in a troubled landscape. The artist successfully translates to paper the beauty, quiet and meditative stillness of objects that no longer have life. ... Willcock's silent, lifeless birds and trees are presented as scientific artifacts - as tools for research - but they also suggest that our rituals of collecting are attempts to retain a physical connection to all things lost."

Christine Willcocks's 2010 exhibition, Musče Imaginaire
Christine Willcocks's 2010 exhibition, Musče Imaginaire


Christine works in a variety of mediums, including drawing, photography and 3D, however it is printmaking that Christine describes as the "backbone" of her practice. The Intertidal Zone "will explore the rituals of collecting and how this act plays a key role in the preservation of our memories" through "various media such as drawing, printmaking, photography and 3D".

Christine's work has a pure and organic quality. Her compositions predominantly feature objects from nature in natural colours such as coffee, caramel, cream, black and grey in a style that is approachable, relatable and as comforting as a warm cup of tea. Christine has the innate ability to look closely at things that surround us everyday, (which we are often too distracted and busy to notice) and force her viewers to slow down and really look at the everyday, simple treasures of the natural world.

Christine Willcocks, Sighting the Object, 2011, two plate etching on handmade paper, 52cm x 54cm
Christine Willcocks, Sighting the Object, 2011, two plate etching on handmade paper, 52cm x 54cm


Christine is an established Australian artist and her work can be found in collections and galleries throughout Australia, some of which include: Artbank; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; Grafton Regional Art Gallery; Lismore Regional Art Gallery; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and the Print Council of Australia.

Christine's artistic talents have also been recognised throughout Australia and she has won The Fremantle Print Award (2007) and The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (2000). Christine was also nominated as a finalist in The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (2008) and The Conrad Jupiters Art Prize (2006).

Join Christine and the Flinders Lane Gallery team for The Intertidal Zone opening night on Thursday 19 May 5.30-7.30pm.
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Why? To reconnect with nature
When: Tues-Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 11am-4pm or by appointment
Where: Flinders Lane Gallery
Cost: Free
Comments
Looks very interesting and I love the spacial concept of between high and low tide. I spend alot of time there at the moment, learning the movement of the tide and the changes to a particular beach when the seasons change and the weather, the waves and the tide change, so the concept is one that I appreciate the context of. Must get to see more art.
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