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Mistletoe Menace opens soon in Albury. The exhibition runs over the summer until February.

The Albury Gallery is certainly worth visiting in you are in the area.


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IMPACT7: Intersections & Counterpoints

Brook Andrew / Angela Cavalieri / Jan Hogan / Rebecca Mayo / Jude Walton / Barbara Zeigler

Last day Saturday October 29 2011

Image: Teeter and Balance performance (2011), Rebecca Mayo. Image courtesy of the artist

IMPACT7 is an international multi-disciplinary printmaking conference hosted by the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University. Exploring the multiple identity of print, and the cross-disciplinary nature of print media internationally, speakers and artists involved with IMPACT7 consider the heterogeneous nature of contemporary culture. Often located at the intersections of disciplines and media, contemporary culture is a powerful political vehicle, generating diverse discourses and debates by virtue of its wide dissemination and ability to offer counterpoints to the norm. The exhibition at the Faculty Gallery reflects the issues explored in the conference through six artists who use printmaking to facilitate their ideas.

Exhibition: September 19 / October 29 2011

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Ecologist A/Prof David Watson and botanical artist
Robyn Hulley have joined forces for a new book on
mistletoe, Mistletoes of Southern Australia,
published by CSIRO Publishing.

The book will launched on Friday, February 25,
at Domain House
, next to the Melbourne Botanic
Gardens at 5.00pm. There will be an exhibition of
25 of Robyn's original illustrations as well as an
exhibition of work by Rebecca Mayo, a mixed
media artist and print-maker whose work
features mistletoes.

The book is a beautifully illustrated comprehensive
guide to half of Australia's 91 known mistletoe species.
It contains over 100 colour photographs, most of which
were taken by David, who also has a strong interest in
photography and 51 of Robyn's watercolour illustrations.
It is a thorough and up-to-date summary of current
knowledge and the biology, ecology and management
of mistletoes in Australia.





works by Rebecca Mayo
Opening: 6pm Thursday 9 September, 2010

exhibition dates: Tuesday 7 - 25 September
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 - 5.00pm
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery 
Canberra Technology Park
49 Phillips Ave
Watson, ACT  
For a number of years my art practice has engaged with ecology and feminism with a particular focus on Australian mistletoe.  I have been considering the idea of ‘family mistletoes’ as an alternative model to the family tree.  Informed by the work of ecologist David Watson, I am interested in Australian Mistletoe and the pivotal role it plays in its natural habitats. Historically, Australian Mistletoe has been largely ignored or regarded as a menace to the trees it inhabits. However, contemporary ecological engagements with mistletoe identify it as a ‘keystone’ plant that reflects, rather than being the cause of, either a healthy or a disturbed eco-system. 

I have used fallen mistletoe branches to create sculptural works in which felted recycled jumpers are wrapped and stitched around the branches. In doing so, the work presents the mistletoes as ‘wrapped’ or ‘clothed’, reflecting on how mistletoe itself is encased in cultural meanings, and the parallel manner in which clothing serves to both define and delimit constructions of femininity. 

Using leaves from mistletoe plants to create dyes and screenprinting inks I have printed and dyed fabrics from which I have constructed a series of six garments, each a subsequent generation from one family. These garments have then formed the basis of two series of portraits, one printed onto ply, the second onto glass. My family mistletoe portraits explore how gender relations are reflected in historical knowledge. Like mistletoe, women are keystones, vital for the formation of the family tree, yet historically represented as incidental, perhaps even as parasites.

Rebecca Mayo, 2010