From Dec. 19 — Apr. 18, 2021, the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) will present the second edition of its Triennial, Australia’s largest and most important event for Art, Architecture and Design.
Featuring 86 projects by more than 100 artists, designers and collectives from more than 30 countries, the exhibition offers a visually arresting and thought-provoking view of the world at this unique moment.
UAE based designer and architect Talin Hazbar has been commissioned to present a new series of works. Her work titled Accretions 2020, is a brand new series of five evocative and intriguing light works, grown in the waters off the coast of Sharjah.
Born in Syria, Hazbar has spent her life in the UAE, a country she calls home. Last December, she was one of the first artists and designers to be granted a cultural visa (for 10 years) by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, part of the Government of Dubai’s recognition of her contribution to the local creative scene.
Accretions continues Hazbar’s ongoing enquiry into the capacity of the earth’s oceans to nurture life and organic processes capable of creating ornament, structure and form. Drawing on the natural systems of the ocean, where calcium accumulation and accretion is commonplace, she repeatedly submerges hand forged steel armatures to encourage the growth of molluscs, crustaceans and corals.
The calcium carbonate structures these life-forms construct on the surface of the armature, transform them into an ornate light shade. Through this process, each shade becomes a specimen of the specific ecologies, conditions and life-forms that inhabit the area of submersion.
In relinquishing control of this phase of production to natural processes, Hazbar offers an example of how, through respect and understanding of natural forces and systems, designers can work collaboratively with nature to grow structures and produce materials of great functionality and unique beauty.
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