Poem to be Published…coming soon



Black envelops and swallows

Abyss, holes in space, Caves, bowels of the earth

The antediluvian goddess emerges from the calyx of a Lilylike flower

The Queen of Heaven, of need and desire

The Queen of the dead, the harvest, the fire.

The Spirit of life, subtler and more lucid

She exists before the creation of light

She remains audible only to sages.

An ordinary woman in an attitude of prayer

Cradled in her arms a child

At her feet the crescent moon

Cradled in her arms a corpse.

Grimm unsettling dreams she finds herself

A chilling vision of transformation

The loveliness, the fearsomeness, the portentousness of its

Measured concealments and revealments

At once charming and grotesque

Alludes to the mysteries of descent and resurrection.

A line drawing traces a path

Ascending to the celestial realms.

A series of trials marked by sand, water, lightning and cloud.

Naked but for her ornaments

A feeling of mystery and warning.

Suggestive of the rolling cosmic seas,

the eternal, the never-ending

She is revealed in a pose of dancing.

Thousand-rayed existing in a hundred forms

Watch, now, now as I start the day

Running like a herd of luminous deer

Stepping lightly between not there and here.

Namoi- by Carolyn Cardinet and Gabrielle Leah New

Hello Naomi

Naomi is an ex-mermaid, Eco-crusader fashionista model who stars in the new art-video I’m creating with collaborator Carolyn Cardinet (who made the fabulous costume) and composer and sound artist Phil Soloman is lined up to come on board.

Stay tuned for updates and exhibitions.

YSG Residency has begun! Volunteers Needed

Yesterday Carolyn Cardinet and I started our 2 month long Yarra Sculpture Gallery Residency and began working on our collaborative project ‘Silent Witness’.

I am creating a video projection work and would love your help if you have some time to volunteer. The above image if a mock-up of the Reflection Pool I’m creating and I’m looking for volunteers of all ages, genders and nationalities to take part. It would mean a visit to the Gallery in Collingwood and filming takes between 15 and 30 minutes. People with a performance or Butoh background brilliant but no experience necessary just a willingness to have fun, make faces and follow direction.

Bring your skates (great floor) and share a cuppa.

Contact: gabrielleleahnew@gmail.com to book in a time.


Residency for Silent Witness

On July 1st Carolyn Cardinet and I will begin a 2-month winter residency with the Yarra Sculpture Gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne to develop a new work ‘Silent Witness’.

It will culminate in an exhibition which hopefully people will be able to attend depending on Covid restrictions at the end of August. I will also be doing a call out for people to volunteer to be in a new video work (covid safety measures will be in place) ‘Reflection Pool’.


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.



Snapshot 1

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