Art made from a residency at a tip! What a load of rubbish!
At a time when our level of consumption is exacerbated by rapid population growth and wide spread environmental disorder, Wyndham Art Gallery invited artists Steven Rhall and Karen Casey to undertake a three month residency at the Refuse Disposal Facility in Werribee. WADDA LOADA is their response to this unusual opportunity. What others see as an eyesore, these artists have been inspired by.
Karen’s aerial images of the facility captured by a drone, compete with the myriad of bird life inhabiting the site. Tracks left by trucks are woven into a moving magic carpet of beautiful images. Birds lifting off in choreographic patterns become a mesmerising video artwork. Steven has lived in a van onsite watching the changes in the place over time. His work will include a variety of mediums from 3D printing to large scale photographic portraits.
Werribee is the repository of the refuse from an increasing number of metropolitan councils. The service is provided to other regions to alleviate their need to manage their own refuse and is a source of controversy for some locals who feel the western suburbs are becoming the dumping ground for all of Melbourne.
WADDA LOADA celebrates this contested site, making us look more deeply at our lifestyles and our perspective on waste. In the hands of artists we see it as both beautiful and challenging.
Image credit: Photograph by Karen Casey
OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday 8 November