Lovely feature in Recycled Interiors.
Plastic pellets are getting into the food chain via the oceans and this is an international problem crossing ocean boundaries. We need plastic that will break down in the oceans.
Set up a piece in Federation Square as part of the Liveable and Sustainable Exhibition group show. A BIG space with movement, colour and action...so my little piece seemed a bit lost amongst it all.
Went back today and it looked Ok..seemed to have settled into the space and people were commenting on how it was the only sculpture in the exhibition.
Pieces by award winning photo journalist Andrew Brownbill are the highlight of the show. Worth a look if you at in CBD this week.
This is probably a well know story by now, but really worth a revisit as I think about the power of art. I viewed the film 2012 Wasteland that follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys back to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump.
Filmed over 3 years he finds an eclectic group of 'catadores' or garbage pickers of the recycled materials in the dump. We get to know their back-story and the way this extraordinary act of art consequently changes their lives forever.
Muniz's initial objective was to paint the catadores with the garbage, but something much more eventuates through his collaboration with these amazing people who engage in creating the actual pieces before they are photographed. It's more than a series of paintings as they begin to reinvent themselves.
He recreates photographic images out of the garbage, that were exhibited in London, sold as individual art works and photographic pieces and generated prize money from various art and film awards... and the funds went back to the catadores.
I was so moved watching this journey, to see these amazing people present with such dignity and the journey that Vik himself goes through. The power of the process is evidence of the transformative power of art.
“We are not pickers of garbage; we are pickers of recyclable materials,” Tião, an impoverished Brazilian catadore, or trash picker, declares to a talk-show host.
Film website at
There's also a great short piece on TED about Vik Muniz
Finnish environmental artist Kaarina Kaikkonen creates ethereal, dreamlike landscapes from repurposed clothes. Her latest work, entitled ‘Are we still going on?’ was recently installaed at Collezione Maramotti, a former factory that now houses contemporary art.
Kaarina Kaikkonen‘s huge site-specific installation contrasts with the former factory’s brutalist architecture. It consists of hundreds of second-hand shirts that together to create flowing forms. The garments, which seem to be holding hands, speak of the history of clothing production while creating a dialogue between the masculine and the feminine.
The shirts have been neatly organized by color into a form resembling the interior hull. The garments’ rhythmic repetition and past lives call to mind the fragility of human beings. The exhibition ‘Are We Still Going On?’ and other artworks at the Collezione Maramotti can be seen until 21 April 2013, at Reggio Emilia, Italy.
A big challenge for emerging artists is lack of affordable studio space.
Renew Australia has partnered with various govt bodies to assist artists and other new businesses to provide working office and other spaces that assist at this crucial incubator stage.
A great initiative in Docklands Melbourne is underway and artists are moving in...
More on Renew Australia at
and in Hong Kong.....
Another excellent example of how a former industrial neighbourhood is undergoing a renaissance is found in Hong Kong where warehouses are a new home to creative start-ups.
See Monocle24: Neighbourhood: Chai Wan, 6 mins video
The trend of recycling in art & design today was explored in this forum– literally in terms of sustainability and recycling of materials, but also conceptually with regard to recycling trends and movements, as well as genres and reappropriating them.
Speakers included Katie Somerville (Curator, Australian Fashion & Textiles, NGV), Chaco Kato (Artist & representing Slow Art Collective) Simone LeAmon (Designer & Artist) and Penny Byrne (Artist).
I’m influenced by contemporary issues and interested in questioning everyday patterns by intervening and provoking alternative forms of discourse.