Wandering Thirst

Wandering Thirst

Sandra Conte


28th May 2013

Where will we be in fifty years? Such age old questions are being responded to by artists and, in doing so, Corrie Wright and Tamara Kirby took out the inaugural Truth in Art award for
Wandering Thirst, a project of Floating Land 2009.

Addressing environmental and ecological concerns through their practices, Tamara and Corrie collaborated, proving that sometimes two heads are better than one. Up against more than one hundred submissions, the artists’ project met the challenge of interpreting the relationship between people, parks and the “inconvenient truth” of climate change that is affecting the environment and the health and wellbeing of society.

As a winning combination, through their mutual passion for visual communication and collaboration in relation to the environment, Corrie and Tamara considered the issue of water via large Perspex caravan shapes bejeweled with cast resin water drops. The positioning in and across the lake of these Perspex facades implied a journey, a story of water around the theme of “rising seas, changing climate”. A viewing booth constructed of water bottles and positioned on the shore encouraged people to enter that space and take up the provided binoculars to interrogate the installation in detail and ponder the issue of the world’s water.

On learning of their Award success, as revealed on their Blog posting, Corrie and Tamara released the statement that, “This Award allows for the acknowledgment of ‘art in the environment’ and its importance. For us, the Award reinforces our belief in the capacity of contemporary art to connect with others in different ways. Many thanks to Parks Victoria and everyone involved in the Truth in Art Award, we commend the visionaries in the organisation who understand the impact of art. We are both passionate artists and passionate environmentalists working collaboratively in our own art practices and in the community sector.”
As this project proves, sometimes we need to look back to look forward and by revisiting the past Floating Land project, which also references adaptation as a means of addressing climate change, we are reminded of the ongoing relevancy of water security throughout time and space.”

The Wandering Thirst project is documented at www.tkirbycwright.blogspot.com where you can view the images, processes, research and sponsorship (for instance UAP – Urban Art Projects – made the steel framing); the Perspex the artists designed and helped fabricate as caravans faces at ASAP Plastics Caloundra; it was then cast by the artists who personally and painstakingly attached all the cast resin drops. The magnitude of the project and its many processes are testimony to the artists’ joint commitment to capturing the importance of climate change and water security in the knowledge that what happens to the world’s water affects us all - in other words, it is both public and personal.

The creative interactivity of artists and audience in ‘Wandering Thirst’ underscores the relevancy of collaboration to adaptation and survival, bringing a whole new level of meaning and generating awareness, as to the value and worthwhileness of ‘loving thy neighbour’.

By Sandra Conte
Photos: Images from ‘Wandering Thirst’, Boreen Point, Lake Cootharaba, Queensland Australia, Floating Land 2009 in the Noosa Biosphere.
Tamara and Corrie, 2009, Photograph by Adam Sebastian West.
Distant caravans by Bev Jenson, Collages by Corrie, Untitled by Corrie Wright

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