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Deluge |

Deluge is an exhibition about resilience and the transformative journey of healing I undertook after my art studio was flooded following ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

Deluge is comprising of three suites of artworks, made over the course of 2 years.

Initial funding support was received from c.a.s.e. inc Mullumbimby through their inaugural arts grant, 2018.

Blueprint for Change [sold]

Blueprint for Change [sold]

Blueprint for Change sums up the climatic change we are all undergoing as a planet. Nature will always have the upper hand. We have to change, adapt and find kind ways to nurture this earth, to work with it.

Behind the scenes of Deluge (photo credit Chelle Wallace)

Behind the scenes of Deluge (photo credit Chelle Wallace)

After the flood, I discovered dozens of flood affected papers, each wanting to tell their own story. When layered together as collages their beauty was subtle and uncontrived.

Blues

Blues

During the flood. paint, ink and mud bled together to create new stains and waterlines.

They Came by Boat (detail)

They Came by Boat (detail)

Many amazing people came to the aid of residents in South Murwillumbah, including the SES and people in boats. After the flood, kind volunteers pitched in to help with the massive clean-up.

Requiem for a [life] Jacket

Requiem for a [life] Jacket

Requiem for a [life] Jacket features a remnant of paper I made for a life jacket in response to the Australian government's inhumane legislation to refuse entry to refugees seeking asylum. This remnant survived to tell a new story of resilience.

Through Fences

Through Fences

Traces of memory from the event survive, as paper tells the story of a river rising and flowing through fences & under houses to leave a new landscape of mud and destruction.

Silt [artist book]

Silt [artist book]

Handmade banana papers bonded together in my paper drawers, surviving the floodwaters to become stronger.

Las Mujeres

Las Mujeres

Posters I had collected in Mexico survived the flood. A bit muddied, a bit torn but like Las Mujeres, they celebrate the feminine spirit of resilience and survival.