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"Baseline: Remnant Grasslands of Weereewa/Lake George, Beth Hatton and Christine James"
2008-07-17 until 2008-08-23
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Canberra City, AC, AU Australia

Baseline: Remnant Grasslands of Weereewa/Lake George is an exhibition of stitched and woven grass sculptures by Beth Hatton and panoramic paintings by Christine James. The artists respond to processes of colonisation which changed this landscape and celebrate the resilience of the indigenous grassland and ecosystems which have prevailed. Baseline: Remnant Grasslands of Weereewa/Lake George will be opened by Mark Van Veen, Assistant Director, Exhibition and Curatorial, ACT Museum and Galleries at 6pm Thursday 17 July 2008. The exhibition continues until Saturday 23 August 2008 in Craft ACTís Gallery 2, Level 1 North Building, Civic Square.†

The exhibition takes its title and theme from the establishment in 1828 of a baseline at Lake George by Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell which symbolised a colonial attitude towards the land and its division.

Beth Hatton stitches plant materials into 3D sculptural constructions. Using grasses native to the area, Hatton has created the forms of tools used by the early surveyors and the settlers who followed them. Christine Jamesí panoramic format paintings bring the stories of these artefacts into the present with a series of portraits of places in which still life colludes with panoramas of remnant landscapes, documenting those ecosystems which have survived.

SPECIAL EVENT

Complimenting the exhibition, Craft ACT invites you to Baselines: colonisation and conservation, a one day public forum designed to initiate community exchange by addressing issues of preservation and care of the land, and the role of the arts as an agent for social discourse.

IMAGE
Beth Hatton
Introducing Species (Settlement Series) 2007,
redanther wallaby grass, allocasuarina seeds, scotch thistle, yorkshire fog, linen thread.
Photo: Ian Hobbs


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