Cloaking Devices for Inland Lakes

Cloaking Devices for Inland Lakes

An Essay by Neil Fettling. Critical reflections on Lake Suite by Carmel Wallace

The cloak has been an important garment within many cultures and societies over thousands of years. In cool climates the practical requirement to keep warm and to protect the wearer from cold, rain and wind is central to their function. However the cloak in all its adaptions and manifestations is more than an overcoat of convenience; instead, it embodies rich cultural and symbolic associations.

Metal for Water

Metal for Water

Metal for Water – Major Mitchell and Captain Sturt Exploring the Murray-Darling Mile by mile over red dirt Exchanging their iron tools For water and safe passage Stone now cast aside This the new message For we all wear cloaks . . . This cloak, covered with metal bottle-tops and including a fox-fur, references introduced […]

Talismans for Dreamtime

Talismans for Dreamtime

Talismans for Dreamtime – 40,000 years ago Fishing for cod and perch On the edge of Lake Mungo Warm in their possum skins Under the Murray Pines Men, women, children Living round the shore-lines For we all wear cloaks . . . In making a work evocative of Lake Mungo, with its extraordinary significance in […]

Introducing the Lake Suite Musicians

Introducing the Lake Suite Musicians

Carmel Wallace’s Lake Suite project was beautifully enhanced by a trio of musicians. Originally from Sunraysia, Melbourne-based guitarist Ben Rogers composes and performs instrumental music ranging from Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz through to 1960s influenced surf-rock. His trio Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum, with Nikki Scarlett on bass guitar and Denis Close on drums, has released […]

One River Documentary Lake Suite Now Online

A short documentary about the One River project Lake Suite, focussing on Lakes Hattah, Hawthorn and Mungo, by local artist Carmel Wallace has just been uploaded and can be viewed here.

Carmel Wallace Views History through the Eye of a Needle

Carmel Wallace Views History through the Eye of a Needle

As part of the Centenary of Canberra, born and bred Mildura artist Dr Carmel Wallace has just concluded a three week residency and installation at The Art Vault on Deakin Avenue. Lake Suite, comprising six beautifully and elaborately stitched and embellished cloaks, explores the significance of three local lakes, Mungo, Hattah and Hawthorn and the […]

One River: Lakes Mungo, Hattah and Hawthorn / Lake Suite

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Lakes flower image

Lake Suite is a visual and musical interpretation of life around Lakes Mungo, Hattah and Hawthorn. It explores the environmental, social and cultural significance of these lakes with deep connections across place and time.  The project includes an artist residency and evolving exhibition over three-weeks at The Art Vault complex in Mildura. The local community […]