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 – 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 – 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Located in the main street, Merbein Historical Society Rooms house a wealth of artefacts and information about the local area. President and Research Officer, Bernadette Wells, generously opened the rooms and assisted with my research. We focused on Lake Hawthorn and the Lake School on its shores. She uncovered some interesting information about my father’s side […]