carmel wallace

Carmel Wallace’s printmaking, collage and sculptural work has been primarily concerned with connection to landscape and site. Early works responded to the coast around her home in Portland, Victoria. More recent diaristic works, also catalogue the artist’s travels through New York, Florence, and Tokyo. Wallace’s works are a clear response to place, achieved by the scouring of sites and mapping through marking. Water, movement and time are constant elements in her works which map not only the physical environment but also human intervention within it. Wallace uses a variety of printmaking techniques - monotype, etching, chine collé, frottage – and found local elements such as newspaper pages, maps, rubbings of man hole covers, and flotsam collected on her daily walks. Her imagery resonates with multiple levels of meaning to display connections with specific sites, histories and current events.

In 2004 Carmel co-curated Surface Tension, a printmaking exchange exhibition, shown in New York, Melbourne and Launceston. In 2008 Carmel was involved in the Dry Stone Wall Project, Fresh & Salty, in South West Victoria as part of the Lake Condah Sustainability Development Project, which is in association with Regional Arts Victoria. Over 2010 and 2011 Carmel will participate in the Stony Rises Project, a multi-disciplinary exhibition responding to the Stony Rises in Victoria's Western District, touring to Ballarat, Warrnambool, Horsham, Mt Gambier and Melbourne. Carmel Wallace’s work is represented in corporate and private collections throughout Australia, Italy and the USA. Recent major projects include co-coordinating and participating in the Great South West Walk Art Project, which involved eight artists walking the 270km Great South West Walk over three weeks, producing works for an exhibition which will tour nationally through NETS and VISIONS.


1999 Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University
1994 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Honours, Deakin University
1976 Diploma of Education, La Trobe University
1975 Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University

Solo Exhibitions

2010 Colony, 101 Melbourne VIC
2009 Cocoon, Riddoch Art Gallery, SA
2008 A Seat for Vida, sculpture sponsored by HBRC Portland VIC
2007 Red Sea Gallery, 101 Melbourne VIC
2006 dai marciapiedi italiani, Gallery 25 Mildura VIC,
  dai marciapiedi italiani, Gallery 101 Melbourne VIC
2005 World enough, and Time . . . Gallery 101 Melbourne VIC
2004 Lagoon Wishart Gallery, Port Fairy; Portland Bay Press VIC
2002 Mapping through Marking, American Consulate Melbourne VIC
  Groundwork: New York, Florence, Tokyo Gallery 101 Melb
2001 Ground Work, University of Tasmania TAS
2000 New York Diary, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD
  Beached (Installation), Mac’s Hotel, Portland VIC
1999 Mapping the Waters, Gallery 101 Melbourne VIC
  Convincing Ground, Warrnambool Art Gallery VIC

SELECTED Group Exhibitions

2010 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition Melbourne VIC
  aRtECYCLE Incinerator Arts Complex Moonee Ponds VIC
  Montalto Sculpture Prize Montalto Vineyard,Red Hill South VIC
  Libris Awards: Artists’ Book Prize Artspace Mackay QLD
2009 Lorne Sculpture Exhibition Lorne VIC
  Driven by Form Riddoch Art Gallery, SA
  Hybrid Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne VIC
  Books . . . beyond words East Gippsland Art Gallery VIC
2007-09 Walk National touring exhibition NETS & VISIONS AUSTRALIA
2008 The Blake Prize National Art School Gallery, Sydney NSW
  Volcanoes: Layers of Meaning Riddoch Art Gallery, SA
  Anthology Gallery 101 Melbourne, VIC
  The Money Myth Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melb.
  Map: exploring the creative terrain Portland Arts Centre VIC
  Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize Melbourne VIC
  The Shadow of Landscape Crossbay Gallery, Sydney
2007 Sculpture for Fresh & Salty - Statewide Project, Regional Arts
  Victoria (collaboration with Vicki Couzens) VIC
  Derecourt Art, London, ENGLAND
  Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize
  South Australian Museum Adelaide; National Archives Canberra
2006 Libris Awards Artspace Mackay, QLD
  LexiconCity Library, Melbourne, VIC
  John Leslie Art Prize Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC
  Forestry SA Wood Sculpture Award Riddoch Art Gallery, SA
  Seeing Red Warrnambool Art Gallery VIC
  Swan-Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Swan-Hill VIC
2005 Outback Art Prize Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  Sculpture in the Vines Mt Langi Ghiran & The Gap Vineyards VIC
  Prometheus Visual Arts Award Merrimac QLD
  Survey: Recent Works Warrnambool Art Gallery VIC
2004 Made in New York, Made in Australia Gallery 101, Melbourne
  Melbourne Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne VIC
  21 Contemporary Australian Printmakers
  National Arts Club, New York NY USA
  Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne VIC
  21 Contemporary Australian Printmakers
  National Arts Club, New York NY USA
  Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive
  Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC
2003-4 Marine Markers sculpture installation, Portland VIC
2003 The Hutchins Art Prize Hobart TAS
  Travelling the Roundabout Touring TAS
  Aqua Vitae Manning Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  Art at The Grandstand Victoria Racing Club, Flemington, VIC
2000-3 Cutting Comments: Contemporary Linocuts 1995 – 1998
  Toured nationally
2002 Masterworks @ Montsalvat Barn Gallery, Montsalvat VIC
  Melbourne Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building VIC
2000 Shell Fremantle Print Award Fremantle Arts Centre WA
  International Print Show The Print Workshop,, New York USA
  Food, rt, & the Body Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD
1999 Shell Fremantle Print Award Fremantle Arts Centre WA
  The Hutchins Art Prize Hobart TAS
  Rena Ellen Jones Memorial Print Award (work acquired)
  Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool VIC
  The Wynne Prize Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney


2008 Vermont Studio Centre Residency Fellowship, Johnson VT, USA
2008 The Shadow of Landscape Prize, Crossbay Gallery, Sydney
2007 Contemporary Cultural Development RAVE Award, Regional Arts Victoria
2007 Highly Commended, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide
2006 City of Mt Gambier Award, Forestry SA Wood Sculpture Competition (Riddoch Art Gallery,Mt Gambier SA)
2004 Glenelg-Hopkins CMA (Lagoon project sponsorship)
1998 Pat Corrigan Artist Grant
1996 The Casula Powerhouse New Printmakers Award
1995 Australian Postgraduate Research Award
1994 The Vice-Chancellor's Medal, Deakin University


Baillieu Library, Melbourne University VIC
State Library of Victoria VIC
Silk Cut Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW
National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT
Robert Blackburn’s Print Collection NY, USA
Santa Reparata Graphic Art Studio, Florence
University of Tasmania, TAS
Riddoch Art Gallery Sculpture Collection
Swinburne University VIC
Fryer Library, University of Queensland QLD
Warrnambool Art Gallery, VIC
Baker & Weyhausen (Corporate Collection)


ABCGateway 2010
Backhouse, Megan. 2007. ‘Mixed Media: Great Walls of Ire’ in The Age
newspaper 5 Dec. Melbourne Victoria
Chandler, Lisa. 2000. ‘New York Diaries – Mapping through marking’, in Imprint, Vol. 35, No.4, p.12, Print Council of Australia, Melbourne.
Copley, Martina & Wise, Kit. 2007. Walk exhibition catalogue. National Exhibition Touring Support (NETS) Victoria, Melbourne.
Doggett-Williams, John. 2004. ‘Printmaking at the Melbourne Art Fair 2004’ inImprint, Vol. 39, No.3, p.13, Print Council of Australia, Melbourne.
Durré, Caroline. 2007. ‘Carmel Wallace: the art of the Façade’ in Imprint, Vol. 42, No.1, p.17, Print Council of Australia, Melbourne
Hoorn, Jeanette. 1999. Memory & Place: Mapping the Art of Carmel Wallace, catalogue essay, Gallery 101, Melbourne.
Johnson, Frances, 2008 ‘Journey of discovery’ in The Age newspaper 27 June Melbourne Victoria
Johnson, Louise. 1999. Re-presenting the Australian Landscape:Postcolonialism and the Art of Carmel Wallace, paper presented at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, July 23, 1999.
Kasof, Denise. 2004. in Made in New York, Made in Australia The New York Society of Etchers Inc., New York USA
Leonard, Tina. 2004. ‘Scratching the Surface’ in Poster Issue 6, Winter 2004, Prahran Victoria Australia
McCulloch, J.(ed./pub.) 2002. Art Almanac March 'Profiles'p.111
McCulloch, J. (ed./pub.) 2006. Art Almanac July 'Profiles', p.180
Neylon, John.’ 2009 Valderi Valdera’ in The Adelaide Review Issue 348 Feb.,pp. 32 – 33. (+ image) The Adelaide Review Pty Ltd Adelaide SA
Peers, Juliette. 2008. ‘Carmel Wallace’s Octopus’s Garden’ in Artlink Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 64 – 67, Artlink Australia
Stratford, N. (ed.) 1995. Locus Momentum: A Celebration of South WestVictorian Women's Art, Warrnambool Art Gallery.
Waite, Dianne. 1999. Review of 'Mapping the Waters' exhibition in Imprint, Vol. 34, No.1, p.12, Print Council of Australia, Melbourne
Wallace, Carmel. 1999. Developing a Relationship with Place: Art in theContext of Bioregional Theory and Practice, PhD Thesis, Deakin University.
Wallace, Carmel. 2004. ‘Ways of Seeing Australia’ in Asian Art News Vol. 14, No. 3 May/June 2004 Asian Art Press (International) Ltd., Hong Kong
Wallace, Carmel. 2007. WALK 21 MELBOURNE Conference Paper