As a Banyule resident living in the green belt of Melbourne's North Eastern suburbs, attending the annual art exhibition at Hatch Contemporary space in Ivanhoe and meeting up with familiar faces is always exciting.
Teresa Bennett, Sandra Dunne, Tina Libertone, Helen Macqueen, Gail McCall, Ruth Shepherd and Anna Taifernopoulous have shared their stories in this exhibition to inspire, create awareness and become engaged with environmental issues.
Alice Bennett, a sound designer, and Felicity Gordon have collaborated to create "Compost House".
This is made from recycled materials, windows and doors; some have been donated from as far as Kinglake, and survived the Black Saturday bushfires. Compost House invites the viewer to explore and connects us close to nature. Some of the elements pressed and suspended between the glass are organic food scraps, coffee grounds and chook manure.
The environment is calling upon us to reduce consumption and restore the balance of its eco systems. The exhibition focuses on the local environment and waterways, exploring the processes of decay, renewal and regrowth.
Gail McCall's work, "Veils of Water", allows us to walk through her work which is suspended from the gallery ceiling, creating waves and waterfall. Water is depicted in a range of colour pallettes from clear to murky. Gail is also the founder of Textile Art Community group in Banyule, which has attracted like minded artists to share their skills.
There are so many amazing pieces that come together in this curated show. Another favorite is a mosaic sculpture piece made from recycled materials. "The Eel has landed" is the name of the sculpture by Ruth Shepherd. It is slick and glimmers, made up of earthy colours such as orange, yellow and brown tones.
It started off as a CD rack, then filled with recycled newspapers, bound with bird wire and rendered in cement mortar. Ruth is passionate about using recycled materials and uses crockery for the external skin of the mosaic amongst various other materials. It took Ruth only a month to make, and is a celebration of the eel.
There are so many great works, that to write up about each and every artist would spoil it. It would be best to make time and view Turbulence for yourself. It's a great interpretation of how fragile our environment is and an opportunity to connect with the artists' work.
The exhibition was offically opened by Cr. Peter Castaldo. Art Curator Stephanie Neoh from Banyule City Council has done an amazing job bringing together another great exhibition. Turbulence: Water and Climate change is on till 13th May. Don't miss it.