Elements of nature

The environment is central to a new exhibition by Matt Dennis and Claudia Webb. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d411389
The environment is central to a new exhibition by Matt Dennis and Claudia Webb. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d411389

Dennis’s innovative use of recycled steel, wood, glass and giant clamshells highlights the ‘controversy’ surrounding the environmental effects of industries such as commercial fishing and mining.

‘The giant clamshells are now endangered; we have the last remaining legal wild-|harvested shells caught on my family’s fishing licence,’ Matt, who works full-time as a master woodcraftsman, said.

‘We now target abalone and trochus.

‘Having been a commercial fisherman and miner for 20 years, I try to highlight the need for balance between environmental impact and demand for seafood, shells and minerals and our beautiful environment.’

Webb said her drawings and paintings, mainly acrylics, were about the environment too but ‘in a different way’.

‘They are about the way we are connected to it,’ she said.

The Beldon artist said her latest work, a move away from textiles, ‘spoke’ about different elements embodied by the soul.

‘They are mostly regarding internal isolation and loneliness from the rest of the world, although feeling a deep connection with the elements around oneself and the universal forces,’ she said.

Elemental Soul is at the Central Walk gallery from today until Thursday from 10am-2pm and on Fridays 10am-2pm and 6pm-9pm.