Two artists whose works are thematically linked by environmental issues are exhibiting at Carlisle Street Arts Space.
Helen Philipp’s work, 14 Pieces, features woven sculptural formations made from plastic foraged from the St Kilda foreshore. based on the circular forms of sea creatures such as jellyfish and tintinnids. By repurposing rubbish, which is damaging to sea life, Philipp’s work provokes the audience to consider the way plastics permeate and destroy marine ecology.
Cindalay, a 2018 recipient of Port Phillip Council’s Cultural Development Fund, is the brainchild of Cindy Rodriguez and Stu Gallagher. They have teamed up to tell the story of a girl who is inspired to take action on climate change. Using stop motion animated puppets to tell their story, Rodriguez and Gallagher have upcycled a wide variety of materials, such as parquetry floorboards from a renovation and egg cartons from a café, to create their set.
As well as the three-minute short film, some of the puppets and a 1:20 model of St Kilda Pier used in the animation are on display.
Mayor Louise Crawford said the two exhibitions complemented each other while strengthening the important message of looking after the planet.
“Helen Philipp, and Cindy Rodriguez and Stu Gallagher, have each presented very moving exhibitions, highlighting the impact we have on the world around us. I encourage everyone to come down to the Carlisle Street Arts Space to enjoy the exhibitions,” Cr Crawford said.
14 Pieces and Cindalay can be viewed at the Carlisle Street Arts Space, St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street St Kilda, from now until 9 June 2021.
Carlisle Street Arts Space is open Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4 pm. Entry is free of charge.
Image: 14 Pieces by Helen Philipp