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In this special World Environment Day event, join artist Rebecca Mayo at Merri Creek tributary Edgar’s Creek.
Installing her work at the creek site, Rebecca Mayo will talk about the historic waterway that inspires her practice. Visitors can join her while she produces an on-site dyed work. This event is co-hosted by RMIT Gallery and Friends of Merri Creek and Moreland City Council, and Mayo's talk will be accompanied by the planting, litter clean-up and BBQ of local friends groups, funded by Moreland City Council.
Mayo is exhibiting in the Out of the Matrix printmaking exhibition at RMIT Gallery. Her work Merri Creek Zeltbahnen, 2013 – 2016, is a series of quarter tents printed and dyed with plants collected at the creek. Linking these labour intensive processes with the similarly repetitive processes of ecological restoration is a means of exploring urban ecologically significant sites through her practice.
In March 2013 Rebecca Mayo and curator Lesley Harding walked the length of the Merri. Joined each day by another artist they traced the meanderings and human redirections of this historically significant and contested waterway from its source at Heathcote Junction to its confluence with the Yarra River in Abbotsford.
From the primeval setting of the upper reaches they traversed large farms earmarked for development and passed through the industrial outer suburbs before arriving at the Yarra via inner-city bike paths.
Mayo, who led the walk as part of her PhD research at the School of Art, ANU, is a Friend of the Merri Creek and sees the waterway as a key element of her daily life.
"Like many people living in Melbourne’s inner north, the Merri Creek flows through my daily life as a space to relax, as a path to and from the city and, increasingly, as a place I help to restore," Ms Mayo said.
Photograph: David Burrows.
Rebecca Mayo graduated with a BA in Visual Art from the South Australian School of Art in 1992. She completed her final semester in upstate NewYork (SUNY at Buffalo). From here she travelled to Scotland where she worked as a studio technician at Edinburgh Printmakers' Workshop between 1993 and 1994.
In Edinburgh Rebecca learnt about and developed her lasting passion for screenprinting. In 2000 she received First Class Honours (Printmaking) from the Department of Fine Art at RMIT where she now teaches screenprinting. She is a PhD candidate at the School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra.
Her current practice incorporates printmaking, textiles, walking and urban ecology. She works with locally growing plants extracting natural dyes as a screenprinting medium. The resulting textiles pay attention to the repetition common to her studio practice and ecological restoration.
Rebecca's work is held in numerous collections including Artbank and the National Gallery of Australia. In 2017 she is showing at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Project Space with Climarte (Curator, Lesley Harding).
Registration and bookings
Please note that this event is not taking place at RMIT Gallery.
Meet Rebecca Mayo at Edgars Creek, near Ronald and Danthonia Streets, North Coburg (Melways Ref 18 A9).
By public transport:
- Tram 11 from the city
- Embark Collins Street (or Brunswick Street)
- Travel north
- Disembark Stop 45 – Jacka Street, Coburg
- Walk east along Jacka Street, follow the road onto Boyne Street
- Turn right onto Ronald, follow the road around until you see the park entrance just past Danthonia Street. Wander down and find everyone!
- On street parking is available in Ronald and neighbouring streets.