Installation view, Rebecca Mayo: Habitus, photograph: Matthew Stanton
Rebecca Mayo’s prints and textiles connect her interests in sustainable practices, local ecologies and forgotten printmaking techniques. In this installation for ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017, Mayo reflects on the history of the Heide site. A series of cloth sandbags printed using eighteenth century Toile de Jouy methods and dyes made from indigenous and introduced plants gathered locally by the artist are stacked to form a wall in the exhibition space. Under the gaze of Yingabeal—the Wurundjeri songline tree that has for centuries stood sentinel on the land—the sandbags symbolise an environmental crisis point and highlight the cumulative impact of everyday and habitual activities.
Part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017—a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.
Rebecca Mayo’s work has been supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award through the School of Art, Australian National University.