Weathered, the title of a joint exhibition by artists Susan Buret and Nicola Moss now showing at Tweed River Art Gallery, couldn’t be more apt coming as it has at the end of a very wet summer, gallery staff say.
The artists began their Weather Project in 2008, examining the effect weather has on people’s lives.
Gallery director Susi Muddiman said that while records of statistics and historic weather events provided factual documentation, it’s the personal stories and experiences that interested Buret and Moss.
Ms Muddiman said the exhibition ‘explores the transient and ephemeral nature of weather conditions, its impact on each of us, and our memories of emotions and sensations in response’.
The two were given the opportunity to develop existing works and produce a large-scale site-specific work for the Tweed exhibition at an artist residency last October at Montsalvat, the famous artist colony in Victoria.
In one series of works, the artists have used fabric from umbrellas as the basis for hand-stitched depictions of weather.
‘Overwhelming, omnipotent, life-threatening and frightening, recent major weather events have impacted on many individuals and communities resulting in a dramatic shift in awareness. Weather has become one of the subjects of conversation, with sharp focus in the national psyche,’ Ms Muddiman said.
The exhibition, officially opened by Brisbane photographer and artist Carl Warner last Friday, continues till June 24.
This Friday, May 18, at 2pm a floortalk with Ms Muddiman on the gallery’s most recent acquisitions will be held to celebrate International Museums Day.
Next Wednesday, May 23, a panel discussion titled The Art of Giving will be held from 3pm discussing different aspects of collecting art works and making donations to institutions. That is being held in conjunction with the other main exhibition also showing till June 24 called Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO.
The gallery in Mistral Road, Murwillumbah, is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.