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Tuesday 23 July 2024

20/40 Degrees of Separation

15 March - 28 April 2024

20/40 Degrees of Separation

Wren Moore

Wren Moore, Wayfaring/40 Fluted Cape, 2024, Water-jet cut copper and brass, hand-hammered recycled copper, patina, 28 x 15 x 0.5cm. Photograph: Alan Marlowe.

20/40 Degrees of Separation explores how disparate climates, weather, landscapes, and human belonging in place, can be expressed through material investigations and bodily movement. Wren Moore developed this expansive new exhibition through her Doctoral fieldwork in 2021 and 2022. Moore spent half her life in North Queensland (at the 20th latitude of Australia) and in Tasmania (at the 40th latitude). The basis for her research and exhibited artwork is her internal and locational migrations between these two regional zones.

The artist’s place-based research incorporates wayfaring, or mindful walking, as a methodology for exploration. Moore walked six isolated shorelines – three in North Queensland and three in Tasmania – and mapped her bodily movement through GPS technology. The movements at each shoreline were then directly translated into neckpieces. Moore’s research suggests isolated shorelines are interstitial and liminal zones which induce metaphysical and physical transformations. Moore expresses this through multi-modal images and contemporary jewellery, employing patinas, photography, frottage, metallurgy and non-human traces of the landscape to express elements of her Doctoral research project.

Through critical engagement with place theory, contemporary jewellery theory, wayfaring and material making, 20/40 Degrees of Separation translates the landscape and topographies of both place and self in new and innovative ways.

Wren Moore's research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Her research is also proudly supported by Integrated Safety Group and Austral Resources.

Exhibitions launch
6 pm Friday 15 March 2024
Join Umbrella to celebrate the launch of 20/40 Degrees of Separation by local artist Wren Moore and North of the Silver Phoenix by Maroochydore-based artist Odessa Mahony-de Vries. Doors open at 6pm, with speeches at approximately 6:30pm. This is a free event and bookings are not required. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Umbrella Floortalks
9:30am Saturday 16 March 2024
Join exhibiting artists Wren Moore and Odessa Mahony-de Vries at Umbrella as they speak about their art practices and respective exhibitions. Read more here.

Copper Wayfaring Workshop
8am - 1pm Sunday 24 March 2024
Join exhibiting artist Wren Moore for a workshop focused on innovative methods of landscape image-making. Read more and book here.

Wren Moore is an emerging artist whose work spans image-making, object design and contemporary jewellery. Moore graduated from an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts in 2017 from the School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania, then completed an Honours Degree in 2019. Her designs and image-making processes utilise mixed media; copper, brass, Tasmanian wood and traces of the landscape. The artist’s Honours project expanded her practice into contemporary jewellery making with a focus on alchemical practices, metallurgy, landscape, and the body. Moore’s current doctoral research centres on her deep and evolving relationship with the North Queensland and Tasmanian landscapes focusing on the impact that place has upon the body, identity and artistic practice. Wren was awarded the prestigious Jim Bacon Memorial Scholarship for Honours Research in 2019 and an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Creative Arts at James Cook University in 2020. In 2024/2025, Wren will finalise her PhD research at the University of Tasmania and is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Her research is also proudly supported by Integrated Safety Group and Austral Resources. Moore’s fieldwork study at the 20th latitude of Australia has been published in the Journal of Jewellery Research Volume 5.

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