Over The Barricade

2014

(with Peter Burke)

Corflute, acrylic, wood

Dimensions variable

A tongue-in-cheek picket line installed to coincide with the 'Spectres of Evaluation' conference. The slogans on the placards playfully engage with the issues addressed in the program of papers presented at the conference. Our aim was to draw attention to the paradoxes and questions raised by socially engaged art practices; the disjunction between art, audiences and art language; and to highlight gaps and overlaps between art and real life.

Exhibited in 'Spectres of Evaluation' at Footscray Community Arts Centre and simultaneously at Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds (February 2014)

photo: Samira Ghasempour

Tree Hug Blitz

2013

(with Peter Burke)

Laminated printed tags, ribbon

Duration 8 hours

On National Tree Day 2013, Burke and Lavarack set out on an expedition to hug as many street trees as possible in an eight-hour period. Suitably booted and provisioned, the explorers followed a meandering route through Melbourne's CBD, hugging then labelling hundreds of trees. The circumnavigation became a large-scale 'embrace' that echoed the individual acts of tree-hugging they carried out.

Melbourne CBD, 28 July 2013

photo: Louise Lavarack

Triage

2013

(with Peter Burke)

Wadding, cotton gauze, staples

Dimensions variable

This temporary intervention marked the demise of a mature street tree illegally poisoned in Melbourne's CBD. Wrapped in cottonwool and gauze bandages it became a ghostly roadside memorial in the midst of an otherwise flourishing avenue of plane trees.

Fellow artist Peter Burke maintained the Facebook page (Triage Melbourne) and supervised the accumulation of floral tributes and messages of sympathy around the trunk. In due course the timber from the lost tree will become a new work.

Temporary intervention commissioned by City of Melbourne

Corner of Elizabeth and Therry Street, Melbourne (July to September 2013)

photo: Louise Lavarack

Award for 'Ebb Flow'

December 2012

My work Ebb Flow is the centrepiece of a new wetland park at Toomuc Creek Reserve in Pakenham. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects bestowed an Award for Design in Landscape Architecture on the project at the Victorian awards for 2012.

photo: Louise Lavarack

Tree

2012

Printed paper, waxed cotton thread

Dimensions variable

The printed score of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus was ‘deconstructed’ into hundreds of curling paper strips and suspended from the ceiling on fine black threads. They delineated an insubstantial conical form suggestive of a Christmas tree hovering above the gallery floor. The flurry of falling notes and cascading chords constantly swayed and rustled in a delicate poetic evocation of this inspiring music.

Exhibited in ‘Tree’, a group show at Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, December 2012

Collection of the artist

photo: Megan Evans

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