Rivus, 2022

Chapman & Bailey Gallery
350 Johnston St
Abbotsford, Melbourne

Rivus was exhibited at Chapman & Bailey Gallery as part of the group exhibition Birrarung: On the River.

During lockdown I began to walk along the river daily, and was overjoyed to meet the local swimming group, and take my first cold plunge into the river last August. As my relationship to the country of Birrarung deepened through walking and swimming, I began to see the echoes of stone, mud and water in the confluence of the lime putty, marble dust and pigment I use in the studio. Rivus is a response to the way stone and sky become one in the reflections of the river, and likewise the way community is held within the life of her endless movement, particularly at the thresholds of dawn and dusk.

These banners are made using the materials and techniques of ancient fresco painting, a means of surfacing and decorating walls with a breathable layer of plaster that absorbs pigments to become weatherproof.  These materials work on all kinds of masonry including stone, brick, hebel and concrete block. In the case of Rivus, the insertion of muslin allows the plaster ‘skin’ to be detached from the working wall and suspended, and these can also be mounted on interior walls, re-embedding the artwork into the substrate of the building.

– Sarah Tomasetti, 2022