130 Davey Street & Walking through clear-fells
Date: 07-May-2011 – 05-Jun-2011
Location: Contemporary Art Tasmania
Raquel Ormella works across various media investigating the means by which critical reflexivity in contemporary art encourages processes of self-examination regarding political consciousness and social action. She has built a practice covering a diverse range of activities such as video, paintings, installations, drawings and zines.
The work, 130 Davey Street, a series of drawings on static whiteboards, investigated the Wilderness Society’s use of wilderness photography and called into question the romanticised notion of the direct action activist and political artist embedded in the forest. 130 Davey Street was shown at Artist’s Space, New York, in the exhibition International Geographic; Cycle paths will abound in utopia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2004, and at Mori Gallery Sydney. It won the New Social Commentaries prize at Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery in 2005. Part of 130 Davey Street was included in the exhibition Erase, curated by Natasha Bullock, that toured to several Asian countries in 2009.
Walking through clear-fells was first shown in She went that way, curated by Reuben Keehan at Artspace, Sydney, in 2010.
Raquel Ormella is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and Uplands Gallery, Melbourne.