Surf’s Up but Everything Else is Down: A Pantomime on Coral Bleaching intersects textile-based sculpture with collaborative performance to document a personal response to waste production in Australia and the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef that is projected to occur over our lifetimes. It is a performance held over 1.5 hours which involves us, Emalia and Tilley, creating a large knitted rope using only our arms. The yarn which we knit with is made from repurposed and found textile waste and will be unfurled from a giant spool which sits on the ground between us. As the spool unwinds, the foraged yarn is gradually bleached of its original colour, providing a direct allegory for the ongoing coral bleaching suffered by the reef as a result of both direct and indirect human impact. The thread will be 560m long and we will present the work in three parts: our entrance, our process and the finished knitted rope. 

The performance was exhibited at Good Grief Studios as part of Hobiennale 2019. 

Sales from this work will act to fundraise for the Reef Restoration Foundation.

 

Opening Friday 15 November, 8pm onwards
Open daily 16 November - 1 December, 12–5pm
Good Grief Studios, 62 Argyle Street, Hobart

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Surf's Up but Everything Else is Down Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image by Nicholas Bauermeister, dimensions variable.

Surf's Up but Everything Else is Down Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image by Nicholas Bauermeister, dimensions variable.

Surf's Up but Everything Else is Down Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image, dimensions variable.

Surf's Up but Everything Else is Down Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image, dimensions variable.

Surf's Up but Everything Else is Down Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image, dimensions variable.

Surf's Up but Everything Else is Down

A Pantomime on Coral Bleaching

© 2019 Tilley Wood and Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie
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