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Undercurrent

Devonport Regional Gallery Emerging Guest Curators Program

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The exhibition Undercurrent features works from the DCC Permanent Collection, including prints from the Robinson Collection,  and is an exploration of Tasmanian art through the lens of the ocean.

Tracing the tide lines which connect Tasmanian life and identity across time, the exhibition examines how the sea has shaped our Island’s past, present and encroaching future. On an island, the ocean is both isolating and a means of connecting to the outside world. For most of history the ocean was the only means of transportation to and from Tasmania. As global temperatures warm, rising sea levels will reshape the future of coastal life.

Undercurrent contemplates the joys and anxieties of island life in the modern world. Tasmania’s waters are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. While in the past the ocean held seemingly endless abundance, centuries of exploitation have left it depleted. Kelp is a valuable industry in Tasmania, but the Giant Kelp forests along the southern and eastern coastlines are vanishing, decimated by human interference and rising sea temperatures. Hundreds of thousands of Southern Elephant Seals and Australian Sea Lions once inhabited the waters of Bass Strait. However, their populations were eradicated by fur traders during the 19th century. Indigenous peoples have lived sustainably along Tasmania’s coastlines for tens of thousands of years. European colonisation endangered their way of life, suppressing traditions and cultural practices.

We each inhabit our own island. The exhibition showcases the way different artists have engaged with the ocean, their work mapping personal and communal connections to Tasmania’s coast. This map of exclusion and connectivity is seen in our own internal and external relationships. Our inner lives are lived in relation to each other and the world around us. Relationships between people and places change ebb and flow over time like the tides. Undercurrent seeks to unpack the ways connection to the ocean orients us, shaping our experiences and our collective future.

Artists: Elizabeth (Liz) Braid, Joel Crosswell, Janine Combes, Lisa Garland, Lola Greeno, Ricky Maynard, Tim Morehead, Rodney Pole John Stroomer, Rosemary Wyllie, Philip Wolfhagen and prints from the Robinson Collection.  

The 2022 Emerging Guest Curators are Soren Risby & Tallulah Eaves. Undercurrent is the result of their engagement with the City of Devonport’s Permanent Art Collection.

 

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modelling clay, dyed resin & tomato cans
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Joel Crosswell

Visual artists

Sculpture and drawing
Earrings
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(Sandra) Janine Combes

Jewellers

Janine Combes contemporary Tasmanian jeweller
Craig and trees
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Lisa Garland

Visual artists

Maireener and Black Crow Shell Choker
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Lola Greeno

Aboriginal artists, Designers

one of Australia's National Living Treasues
Image of Philip Wolfhagen's painting, 'New Exaltation Concept No.8'.
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Philip Wolfhagen

Visual artists

One of Australia’s leading contemporary landscape painters, inspired by the emotive qualities of light and weather and the atmosph…

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Devonport Regional Gallery
145-151 Rooke St, Devonport TAS 7310, Australia

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(Sandra) Janine Combes

Janine Combes contemporary Tasmanian jeweller

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Working from a studio on Bruny Island (Sandra) Janine Combes explores the intersect between nature and history through the medium of contemporary jewellery. She uses a wide variety of materials and methods to create sculptural, textured and layered works.

Combes comes to jewellery making from a professional background in community development, and social planning. She has studied jewellery making at TAFE Tasmania, Alchimia Jewellery School in Italy and undertaken residencies at Muong Studio in North Vietnam and Maria Island (Dombrovskis Wilderness Residency 2018).

Combes has been awarded two Arts Tasmania grants and is represented by Handmark Tasmania. Her work has been shown nationally at the Australian Metal and Silverwork Award exhibition (Castlemaine), Contemporary Wearables (Toowoomba), Radiant Pavilion (Melbourne) and within Tasmania at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Handmark Tasmania, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, The Design Centre and Hadley’s Orient Hotel.

 

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(Sandra) Janine Combes

Handmark – Evandale
2 Russell Street, Evandale, Tasmania, Australia

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(Sandra) Janine Combes

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

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