The Trees Are Falling Into The Sea And Other Stories: Part Two
22 August - 2 September
22 August – 2 September 2017
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
The trees were falling into the sea faster than I could draw or photograph them…
In September 2015, I showed the first of these drawings at The Gatekeepers Cottage at Point Nepean as a result of a short residency. Being immersed in the landscape over the winter, I was able to observe and document ‘an extreme erosion event’ (Parks Victoria beach closure signage). The trees were falling into the sea faster than I could draw or photograph them, it was like walking through the fallen on a battlefield, their bones bleaching white by the waves.
What I am observing is occurring all over the world, this is a result of climate change, human interventions, and more locally, channel deepening, which has dramatically changed the shape and structure of the coastline in Port Phillip Bay, eroding some parts beyond recognition.
While the installation of drawings at fortyfivedownstairs will mirror plant collection points around Port Phillip Bay, small fragments that have been dislodged from cliffs and embankments, they also refer to all living beings, be they plant, animal or human, or all three at once.
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Annual Arts Grants Program.
Rosie Weiss is a Melbourne / Mornington Peninsula based artist & educator. In 1992 she won the Moet & Chandon Australian Art Fellowship with a painting titled lung, a reaction to the chemical fire on Coode Island the same year. In 1996 she completed her Master of Arts at RMIT with Intimate Patterns, a body of work that examined our relationship with nature.
She has exhibited in Australia, Asia and France over the past twenty years, and her work can be found in collections across Australia including The National Gallery of Victoria, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Artbank & The National Gallery of Australia.