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New works by Shauna Mayben

I am the ocean, you are the sky

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A new body of work by artist Shauna Mayben is currently on display at Handmark in Hobart. This new series is inspired by the dramatic stories of our Tasmanian Colonial history with the sea.

In the exhibition I am the ocean, you are the sky, Mayben explores the dramatic stories of our Tasmanian colonial history with the sea. Travelling long distances, survival in treacherous conditions, shipwrecks, longing for home and the exquisite beauty of being immersed by the sea and the sky above, are reflected in her work. The alluring shimmer of abalone shells, which been carefully crafted and polished, are present as precious objects alongside the gemstones. These shells are not only unique in their exceptional beauty but connect Mayben’s objects to the hard Tasmanian coastal waters, as the natural abalone habitat reef environments in areas of high wave energy. These are the same conditions that have been the demise of many through shipwrecks with tragic human loss.

This latest body of work is a continuation from her ongoing investigations into nautical themes, inspired by an Arts Tasmania residency to King Island in 2013. In her research during this period Mayben reflects on the unforgiving strong winds, tumbling waves and the stark sun beam ripples; all of which felt alluring, seductive and unpredictably dangerous. King Island is the location of over 60 known shipwrecks, involving the loss of over 2 000 lives, including the wreck of the Cataraqui, Australia’s deadliest maritime disaster drowning 400 victim’s mere meters away from the safety. This is a harsh reality Mayben which attempts to process and understand in her work as she honours those losses from our history.

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New works by Shauna Mayben

Handmark – Hobart
Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Tasmania, Australia

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Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place

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