Public Art Project Avalon Art Carnivale 7-21 November

Windsongs public art installation and flags both feature in the public art carnivale at Avalon. Created by Suzanne Davey, Christina Frank and Lisa Marshall they feature reconfigured discarded umbrellas and together they speak of fragility and the power of transformation.

Suzane Davey, Christina frank, Lisa Marshall Windsongs public art installation, mixed media 350 x550 x 400cm

The Shape of Air: exhibition at Eramboo Artist Environment

Suzanne Davey, Zest (maquette), twigs, grasses, wire, wax, 50 x 90 x 40cm

The Shape of Air was exhibited at Eramboo Artist Environment and comprised of works by installation artists Suzanne Davey and Ainslie Murray exploring the tangible nature of air and material echo. Curated by Greg Stonehouse the works investigate a range of ideas drawn from notions about air and immaterial space such as breath, presence/absence, the dissolution of architectural space and atmosphere. Both artists explored these notions through outdoor works in the Eramboo bushland as well as a range of process works in the gallery.

The Shape Of Air exhibition installation

Concepts introduced by Monika Bakke’s book ‘The Life of Air’ were explored, including thinking of air as a crowded perpetual motion component of place and as a dynamic habitat we share through the action of breathing with plants, animals (birds and insects) and microbial life. The works respond to the site by installation placement, using materials collected from it or by engaging with  the unique and special characteristics of Eramboo as a place on the urban fringe, surrounded by wild bushland.  The spatial intersections ultimately aim to investigate our dynamic relationship with the landscape; as a space where our bodies merge constantly with the environment.

The Shape Of Air exhibition installation
Suzanne Davey, Tangled, fabric, sticks, resin,
wax, wire, 110 x 250 x 10cm
Suzanne Davey, Tangled, (detail), fabric, sticks, resin,
wax, wire, 110 x 250 x 10cm
Ainslie Murray, The Liquid Air (Prototype),
aluminium, acrylic, sand, dimensions variable
Artist talk, The Shape of Air, Ainslie Murray, The Liquid Air (Prototype),
aluminium, acrylic, sand, dimensions variable

Suzanne Davey, Configuring Wonder, installation detail,
fabric, bamboo, sticks, 300 x 500 x 800cm
Suzanne Davey, Configuring Wonder, installation view with
Eramboo gallery, fabric, bamboo, sticks, 300 x 500 x 800cm

Suzanne Davey, Zest (maquette), twigs, grasses, wire, 50 x 90 x 40cm

Suzanne Davey, In Between, fabric, sticks, stone,
rope, tent pegs, 200 x 300 x 550cm

Suzanne Davey, In Between, fabric, sticks, stone,
rope, tent pegs, 200 x 300 x 550cm

 

Suzanne Davey, On the Edge, bamboo, fishing line,
 wire, paint, 80 x 180 x 450cm

UNFURL: exhibition at Eramboo Artist Environment

unfurl: to reveal or unfold, become, uncoil, open, develop, expose, gradually change, expand, blossom

Suzanne Davey, Trajectory, side view, ceramic, thread, wood, nails, paint, sand, 40  cm x 50 cm x  30 cm

Eramboo Artist Studio celebrated its newly renovated Gallery and the three new studios with an exciting contemporary art exhibition, UNFURL,  held 1 March – 17 March 2013. It revealed itself to be a cutting edge centre of contemporary arts production and innovation by showcasing the work of eight of its artists. On view were painting, sculpture, printmaking, and ceramics by Irene Gorman, Lisa Marshall, Michelle Perrett, Eva Frengstad, Bridget Armstrong, Christina Frank, Suzanne Davey and Sally Howe. The exhibition was curated by Manly Art Gallery’s distinguished senior curator, Katherine Roberts.
Eramboo is located in a beautiful and unique bushland setting in Terrey Hills in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Here artists are mentored by artistic directors Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse, two of Australia’s most prominent public artists, to develop a robust professional practice. 
Trajectory, back view, ceramic, thread, wood, nails, paint, sand, 40  cm x 50 cm x  30 cm

Trajectory, detail, ceramic, thread, wood, nails, paint, sand, 40  cm x 50 cm x  30 cm

Re-Configured, installation detail, ceramic, sticks, steel, paint 110 cm x 120 cm x 15 cm

Re-Configured, ceramic detail, ceramic, sticks, steel, paint 110 cm x 120 cm x 15 cm

Re-Configured, ceramic detail, ceramic, sticks, steel, paint 110 cm x 120 cm x 15 cm

Re-Configured, installation view without lighting,
 ceramic, sticks, steel, paint 110 cm x 120 cm x 15 cm

Nest, ceramic, sticks, resin, wood,, 50 cm x  25cm x  20 cm

Afterwards, ceramic, glass, charcoal, paint, 20 cm x 45 x 25
Maquette for BREATH, fabric, steel, bamboo, 150 cm x 110 cm x 100 cm

Maquette for BREATH, fabric, steel, bamboo, 150 cm x 110 cm x 100 cm
A selection of sculptures by Suzanne Davey, exhibition installation view
A selection of sculptures by Suzanne Davey, exhibition installation view
Eramboo Artist Environment exterior view
Eramboo Artist Studio Eva Frengstad

ADRIFT in Manly

ADRIFT, recycled polystyrene, fishing line, glow in the dark paint, bamboo
3.5 m x 4.5 m x  2 m

ADRIFT is an ephemeral public art installation created in response to Manly Esplanade; its physical qualities, and the way people interact with, and utilise the site. 

It was exhibited as part of ‘SEE: Manly Public Art Project’ along with the work of 23 artists. The project was the result of a collaboration between Eramboo Artist Environment, Manly Art Gallery and Museum and Kendal Henry, an innovative New York artist and public art curator. 

ADRIFT, recycled polystyrene, fishing line, glow in the dark paint, bamboo
3.5 m x 4.5 m x  2 m


About ADRIFT:
Manly Esplanade is a site where drifting occurs, both seen and unseen. The ebb and flow of tourists, weekenders, commuters, ferry’s and boats, wind and water is a constant. It provides escape from the day to day, respite for many socially disadvantaged people and is a site of rescue for some. Along with escapist play and respite comes the flotsam and jetsam of broken boogie boards, surfboards, fishing floats and line, esky’s and buoys drifting on ocean currents. 


These leave a dark aftermath: lethal litter for birds and sea creatures and toxic chemicals for our food chain. 

Threaded polystyrene shards (like ‘neptunes beads’ seaweed,  pearls, swimming lanes) respond gently to air currents. At night the installation glows, referencing the phosphorescence of the sea which carries the lethal drift ashore.


It started with a broken surfboard shard washed ashore and blowing around the Manly Esplanade.


Recycled polystyrene was collected and completely sealed to prevent further environmental damage.




 The coated shards were threaded on fishing line, arranged in an ‘ocean current’ pattern 
and painted with glow in the dark paint.
The final size of the installation was adjusted to the dimensions of the site.

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