Place Markers floor talk: Saturday 14 August, 1pm

Place Markers floor talk: Saturday 14 August, 1pm

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Join us on Saturday 14 August at 1pm for a floor talk with exhibiting artist Sally Blake to discuss the ideas behind her solo exhibition, Place Markers.

The research for Sally Blake’s solo exhibition, Place Markers began in 2018/19 by collecting leaves and barks from the ACT eucalypts at the Australian National Botanical Gardens. The plant materials have been processed to create dyes to colour threads and cloth to make baskets and works on paper. Drawings of animals, birds and insects in the ACT eucalypt forests highlight the flourishing of life these forests protect.

After the dye research was completed 80% of Namadgi National Parks eucalypt forests were burned in the 2019/20 fire season. The fires throughout Australia were so devastating that they have marked a place in history where climate change undeniably declared itself. Blake works with burns, ash, drought-affected burnt leaves and weaving techniques to create works about this huge loss and destruction. After the fires life has begun to regenerate in the forests and Blake’s works in copper wire celebrate this renewal.

Craft ACT is taking precautionary approaches to manage the spread of COVID-19, which is in line with the latest national and local health advice. To attend this event, bookings are essential.

Image: Sally Blake, Requiem for the Forests, 2020. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.