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
Starting this residency in the mountains in Italy next week to develop a new body of work.
Check the link to find out more about the residency and the artists I’ll be sharing the creative space with.
Together with Carolyn Cardinet we exhibited ‘Bleached White’ our installation of video projections and recycled art for this years West Projections Festival.
Last night as part of the Savory Seddon tour I performed an improvised Butoh performance inside our installation.
Thanks to Rose of Annette of Melbourne for hosting us.
What a fantastic week working with Yandell Walton, the Centre for Projection Art and a group of inspiring and talented artists. I learnt so much and my brain melted a few times but feeling ready to play on my own and bring the new tools into my practice.
Here’s some of the cool stuff I did!
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.
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.
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN CAROLYN CARDINET AND GABRIELLE LEAH NEW
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
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.
Here is a video from the Reclaim the Crone development that happened last week at Testing Grounds.
and for the full Invisibility Poem watch here.
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!
Contact Gaby at https://gabrielleleahnew.com/contact/ if interested or for more information.