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18 May – 11 June 2015
West Australian artist Cecile Williams is committed to using art for social change. Here she explores the problem of ghostnets – illegally discarded fishing nets left adrift in our oceans, creating evocative work from ghostnet and marine debris. View 18 May – 11 June, hours Mon to Fri 10am – 4.45pm and Sat 12 – 4pm
WA curator John Stringer wrote – “Frequently working in assemblage by recycling found and discarded material and rarely using conventional art-making techniques she achieves a comfortable union and surprising rapport between the natural and the synthetic. It is this transformative process akin to alchemy and magic which gives Williams’ work its particular strength and character.”
See the exhibition works at this link: http://www.cecilewilliams.com.au/pf_exhibit.html
PUBLIC PROGRAM (click the image for more info)
IMMERSION is an initiative of artist Cecile Williams to explore art for social change with a conversation looking at the impacts of plastic marine debris in our oceans – implications, actions and reflections, bringing together science + environmentalists + arts.
A series of visual presentations and shared experiences with Heidi Taylor, CEO and founder of the national marine debris initiative Tangaroa Blue Foundation; Sara Hajbane honours student in Marine Science and Archeology at University of Western Australia; Professor Caroline Baillie UWA & Director Waste For Life; Rebecca Prince-Ruiz of Earthcarers; artists Nalda Searles, Angela Rossen, Tim Pearn and Cecile Williams; and Maureen Maher of Keep Australia Beautiful WA plus open input from all attending. This event is free and open to all to attend.
IMMERSION is on 6 June 2015 from 10am to 12.30pm at Gallery Central, 12 Aberdeen Street, Perth
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some points to consider:
- Since 2005 well over a million pieces of rubbish have been collected from WA beaches during beach clean-ups, weighing at over 75 tonnes!!
- The oceans currents are currently collecting much of the world’s marine debris and dumping them into the ‘North American gyre’, and area covers an area bigger than Australia, and lies to the east of Hawaii. It is known as the Pacific Garbage Patch.
- The recent tsunami in Japan is said to have dumped an ‘island’ of debris which stretches over 100kms long. These debris will wash up and dump onto the beaches of Hawaii and the west coast of the USA
- Ghostnet is causing extensive pollution and destruction of marine flora and fauna, along the northern coast of Australia, especially in the Gulf of Carpentaria, where the currents are dumping tonnes of this illegally discarded commercial fishing net onto reefs and shorelines.
- On her local beach, the stunning Greens Pools just outside of Denmark, in the south of WA, Cecile is seeing a gradual increase in the volume of marine debris washing up onto the beaches of that once pristine environment.