Waste not for sake of art
A RELATIVELY new artistic practice, environmental art, will this weekend be the focus of a workshop hosted by Douglas Shire Council.
The Call of the Running Tide workshop will be led by renowned professional artist, Jill Chism, who has been commissioned to undertake public art projects around Australia.
Based at Oak Beach, Jill works in many media and in recent years focused on envipractical ronmental art, using found materials such as foliage, flotsam and jetsam and natural materials, often to highlight waste and pollution.
“The workshop over Saturday and Sunday will include an explanation of environmental art and its purpose which is to provide a vehicle for discussion on environmental issues affecting our reef and rainforest,” she said.
Short presentations will be made by environmental groups and writers as well as sessions on techniques using natural materials for binding, gluing, stitching and balancing.
Some session will be open to the public.
“This art practice has always been of interest to me and it is the ultimate recycling — using discarded items such as lighters, plastic bottle tops and combs to create works that bring attention to what ends up in our environment,” she said.
“It is interesting in that rub- bish that floats to our shores — say from Japan — spent a long time in the sun and water, and can end up more attractive than it was originally,” Jill explained.
“There’s a purity to it all — reusing these materials. It’s all about attraction,” she said.
“These items, which originally were to attract purchasers, end up being thrown and become repulsive rubbish so we make something pretty from something ugly,” she said.
It is hoped that, with artists’ interest and broader community support, The Call of the Running Tide will be a biennial event, with ephemeral public sculpture being created as a festival.
The workshop has been made possible through a Regional Arts Development Fund and is supported by the Port Douglas Artists Group.
Information about the workshop and open sessions can be obtained from Rosey Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Chism in her studio. Her focus has turned to environmental art and has been commissioned for many projects nationwide.