Murmuration exhibition launches this week

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Carol Clitheroe, Jacq Chorlton and Tich Dixon have launched their exhibition Murmuration.
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A shared passion for creating pieces of art from recycled materials has seen three local artists come together to launch their first joint exhibition.

Murmuration is a collection of artworks created using various materials, with old milk bottles, lampshades and vintage keys all incorporated into pieces.

Launched earlier this week, the exhibition includes works by artists Carol Clitheroe, Jacq Chorlton and Tich Dixon, which will be on display at the Contemporary Art Spaces in Mandurah over the next month.

Dixon said the concept of murmuration echoed the way the artists connected and shared inspiration — “a pushing and pulling of ideas, thrown to the wind and then later chased down and re-worked until finally they are resolved into artworks of unique beauty and meaning”.

She said their work processes considered ecological impact and sought to raise awareness of the problems associated with the excessive waste in the modern world.

The pieces range from fish men made from milk bottles to birds made from newspaper and women from lampshades.

Each piece has a distinct story behind it, with some pieces even exploring where the materials used have come from.

One such piece is two women created by Clitheroe, who decided to explore themes of time passing and people being forgotten.

After finding an old family album which contained black-and-white photos of people she did not recognise, they were turned into a clock as a way to represent the passing of time and memories fading.

“I didn’t know who they were but wanted to recognise them,” she said.

Items like a vintage watch and an old key from England are also woven into the piece.

Murmuration is showing at the Contemporary Art Spaces in Mandurah until July 28.

An Artist Talk will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 2pm.

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