by Helen Wyatt
24 October- 16 November 2019
Opening celebrations Thursday 24th October
“My wearable objects reference places in transition – sites that interface development and nature – edgelands. In the works developed for this exhibition, I have focused my gaze on the western end of Newcastle Harbour. This place comprises wetlands and river islands. It supports five loaders that form the largest coal port in the world but it also shares its site with a nature reserve of significant stands of mangroves and migratory birds. At night, the awesome scale of coal hills, towers, shipping and lights define the landscape. The pieces I have created play with this interface and its seductive structures while provoking the viewer to imagine what these forms will be like in a future without coal and perhaps what it was like for the original inhabitants the Awakabal and Worimi people.” – Helen Wyatt
Artist Biography: Helen Wyatt sees the potential of the small object for thinking and engagement. Her view is that art objects can leave the gallery and walk out the door into the wider world. They invite the wearer to think about the contemporary world and create the opportunity for conversation with people who encounter the works in public settings. Helen recently completed a Masters of Visual Arts by research at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Arts. Now, she is an artist, arts writer and curator of a micro-gallery in Balmain with a particular interest in promoting contemporary jewellery artists.
FREE Artist talk: Saturday 26th October, 2pm