Kooyoora Body Landscape-Trees

Kooyoora sentry tree

what i’ve learnt about trees

Trees exist in the 5th dimension

Trees exist in family clusters

Trees talk to each other

Trees stand sentry over sacred spaces

Trees have a lot to tell us if we listen

We are symbiotic with Trees

We breathe with Trees

Old Trees are caring Grandmothers and offer comfort

Trees understand the Birth-Life-Death cycle

Trees are community who support each other.

Trees move in stillness

Trees can teach us

Trees are homes

Trees smell delicious

Trees are magnificent

Trees can hold us

Trees are fractals of themselves

Trees want to be friends

Trees dance with the wind

See Me by Art About

The amazing group of 10 Artists that I support through Arts Access have their first Gallery exhibition which opened on Sunday at Oakhill Gallery in Mornington and is open until Augist 28th

‘See Me’ comprises two bodies of work, both of which talk to ideas about seeing beyond the surface to what is precious and unique within all individuals.

The Collage Portraits of the artists really showcase their individual styles and personalities. The black and white photos which represent the external, superficial side have been uniquely collaged with colourful pictures of the artist’s work and images found by them to offer the viewer more about what lies beyond the surface.

The ‘Precious’s’ are intimate golden ceramic sculptures, each piece a one-off individual. You are invited to hold these gently in your hand and experience the beauty in the diversity of these small gems.

When discussing what this exhibition meant to the Artists, one started to talk about historic bullying and discrimination which many of the group echoed. Through this exhibition the Artists hope to open discussions about the value and importance of diversity in our community.

It has been a joy developing and curating this exhibition with them.

Bleached White at West Projections

AUG 9 – 18 2019


West Projections is an intimate place-based community projection festival. Exploring places big and small you can encounter projections in various settings from tiny boxes to shop front windows.

Projections can be viewed nightly from 6pm – 10pm.



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Together, New and Cardinet channel their feelings of both impotence and hope through their artistic practices to creatively raise awareness of the plight of our coral reefs as sanctuaries and a home for the many species that inhabit them.
The artists see the planet as home to all species existing in a symbiotic relationship with nature. The bleaching of coral reefs will have devastating effects on the lives of many people who rely on the reefs for food, income, shelter and well-being. By 2100, most reef systems will die, unless carbon emissions are reduced.

Reefs, are the rainforests of the oceans, they provide habitat for a million species, including a fourth of the world’s fish. They protect coastlines against erosion from tropical storms and act as a barrier to sea-level rise. Many people will lose their lives and their homes if we continue to lose our reefs.

‘Bleached White’, is a collaboration between Gabrielle Leah New and Carolyn Cardinet and uses recycled plastic, sculptural costume, projection, video performance and Butoh Dance Theatre to investigate the idea that coral reefs are a sanctuary and home to a multitude of creatures. The artists acknowledge that the Earth is not only home to human beings but all species and that ecological change due to climate warming will inevitably affect our home, of which there is no planet B alternative.

Gabrielle will perform live on Saturday the 17th of August.

Annette of Melbourne Couture
103 Charles St



Reclaim the Crone Development

This work was performed at Testing Grounds after 9 hours of workshopping with 7 older women mostly with little performance experience but who all had great stories and willingness to push boundaries, experiement and share experiences which I wove together for this initial exploration showing.

Thanks to Testing Grounds, Keelan O’Hehir the photographer and all the amazing Crones: Stephenie, Jude, Karen, Andrea, Rebecca, Ester and Dorothy.

Reclaim the Crone Development

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I have just spent a week doing a residency at Testing Groungs for Test Sites, supported by the City of Melbourne , developing a Public Art project, Reclaim the Crone , with 7 amazing Crones. Above are some images from our explorations and coming soon a video of the presentation.

Thanks to Ari and Ilana for hosting us at Testing Grounds and to all the Crones for their trust, dedication and wisdom, Oh what fun we had!


Dorothy New (My Mom) ,Ester Poyas (My Aunty), Rebecca Krass (My Fairy Godmother), Karen Berger, Jude Worters (My friends), Andrea Sinclair and Stephanie Merrott (My new friends). You are all amazing!