Exhibition: Ebb and Flow

This is the second year the group Untethered have exhibited together.  The group has lost a few members since their last showing and now has 23 active contributors who are producing quality art pieces

From my personal point of view, comparing their 2015 exhibition ‘Out of Hand’ against this year ‘Ebb and Flow’ I feel the group has become more cohesive over the last 12 months.  I understand that they run a private on-line group where they discuss work progress, critique, encourage and provide a supportive foundation for each other.  In my opinion this has enabled many of them to evolve their art practice and produce new pieces with a more professional outcome.

Whilst I believe art, in whatever medium, is a very personal thing there is something to be said for exhibited pieces being attractive/appealing to the public viewing them.  They may evoke any of a range of emotions or visual sensations but achieving some reaction has to be a consideration.  Many of the works have personal messages or social comments attached to them which comes through strongly in some cases.

Below I’m showcasing a few pieces that particularly drew my eye – for whatever reason:

Robyn McGrath

Fortune, Sculpture: Drill cores, cylindrical pieces, 8-10cm diameter, max 52cm (h). Hand-dyed & commercial fabrics, machine stitching & quilting, hand embroidery.

Fortune, Sculpture: Drill cores, cylindrical pieces, 8-10cm diameter, max 52cm (h).
Hand-dyed & commercial fabrics, machine stitching & quilting, hand embroidery.

This piece considers how the ebb and flow of water may bring fortune, good or bad and especially references the people of inland Australia and the drilling of bore holes that some rely on.

Fiona Hammond


Left – Faded Glories: The Ebbing of Ancient Archaeological Wonders
Tapestry wool, cotton covered rope, metal rings,coiling, blanket stitch
Right – Alternate Viewpoints
Photographic prints, collage, stitch, tapestry wool, art paper

Artist statement (in part): I have long been fascinated by what I perceive as the mystery, beauty and sadness of ruined structures from antiquity. This work gives form to these emotional responses and ruminations on this subject.

Samantha Tannous


Bush Rhythm, 15cm – 22cm (w) x 70cm – 100cm (h)
Wet felted merino, Corriedale fleece, silk tops

Artist statement (in full):

When we think of ‘ebb and flow’ it’s easy to be lulled by the idea of a gentle rhythm, the breath of life.  But while this is sustaining, the extremes of the ebb and flow are sometimes required for rebirth and creation.

The Australian bush is a great example, needing the extremes of heat and fire to off new seeds, to germinate new plants and stimulate new growth.

As humans, we try to avoid extreme situations, but often it’s when we are faced with the catastrophic that we grow, we create.  We dig deep and rise to the occasion.  Like the bush, we can grow from unexpected places: perhaps we regenerate through our root system, or sprout again from our ravaged bark.

Growing up in Sydney’s south, I witnessed catastrophic bush fires and miraculous regeneration up close.  The colours – the stark black trees that are gradually cloaked in green, the charred seed pods opened to reveal bright ochres and rusts, the subtle pinks and oranges and lilacs and limes of fresh young eucalyptus leaves – are uniquely Australian and part of our identity.


I was impressed with many of the artworks and pleased that visitors were allowed to take photographs.  I don’t want to copy any of these above, or the others I saw, but I’d like to be reminded of them, their creators (most of whom I know) and their stories/journeys.


About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.
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4 Responses to Exhibition: Ebb and Flow

  1. carlseapatch says:

    Thanks Claire, it’s great to see a few of the exhibits for those of us who cannot get there

  2. Jane Bodnaruk says:

    Thanks Claire, for the exhibition review. I’m glad you enjoyed the works. We really focused on everyone working to the theme, and on advancing their art practice in some way.

    • Claire B says:

      Hi Jane. I absolutely loved your piece and hope you will let me do a feature on it later on.
      Today I wanted to introduce my followers to some different artists to those I’ve shown in the past. I could have whipped quite a few of the works out of Wollarobba and put them in my home! I’m sure I could find a wall big enough to show your ‘Rope Journey’ to good effect ………

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