Deluge exhibition by Heather Matthew
Deluge: an exhibition about resilience and undertaking a transformative journey of healing using flood-affected papers which survived the 2017 Murwillumbah flood.
Official opening: 12.30pm Thursday May 9
Mud soaked papers which survived the devastation of ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie feature in an art exhibition by Southern Cross University visual arts Honours alumnus and Tweed artist, Heather Matthew.
More than two years after the floods that devastated parts of south-east Queensland and northern NSW, the Library is delighted to host Deluge. The exhibition uses paper that survived the flood.
One of the works from this exhibition has been purchased by the University for the art collection and will be housed in the National Centre for Flood Research based at the Lismore campus.
Heather's art studio in was completely submerged when the flooded Tweed River rushed through South Murwillumbah, leaving chaos and destruction. She found mud papers, dried them out and has stitched them together to form collages.
Matthew was awarded the inaugural c.a.s.e Mullumbimby art award and gave a presentation of some of the works on exhibition at the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) congress in Sophia, Bulgaria in May 2018.
“Making these artworks was a transformative journey of healing where I felt I co-collaborated with nature to create works of which spoke of resilience and beauty through adversity using the flood stains and mud spatters which were left after the floodwaters subsided."
Image: Under Houses (2018) by Heather Matthew