CASM's Ambient exhibition explores beauty of Peel environment

Seventeen local artists have come together to showcase a collection of artworks reflecting the Peel region's unique environment.

The Ambient - Environmental Art of the Peel Region exhibition is now on display at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM).

The artists share their passion for the environment through the exhibition, taking visitors on an intimate series of journeys through the region's natural assets with a collection of conceptual works themed, 'changing the way we view the world'.

The collection presents fresh perspectives that highlight past, present and future scenarios of local landscapes, and there is something for all ages to enjoy.

The artists' work provides a powerful connection to the beauty and fragility of local ecosystems, and raises awareness of environmental issues.

The works are as diverse as the artists themselves, exploring and blurring the boundaries of land art, ecological art, ephemeral art and conceptual art.

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The exhibition's strong environmental theme aligns with the national environmental conference being held in Mandurah later this month, the Australian Association for Environmental Education National Biennial Conference and Research Symposium from September 28-30.

The conference will bring together researchers and practitioners from across the country to explore environmental education programs and techniques.

Ambient - Environmental Art of the Peel Region is supported by the Peel Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

The exhibition was launched earlier this month at CASM, and is on show until Sunday, October 3.

CASM is at 63 Ormsby Terrace, and is open 10am-4pm Wednesday - Sunday, or by appointment.

For more information go to mandurah.wa.gov.au or check out CASM's Facebook page.

About the artists and their works

Artists Christopher Rose, Liana McNeill and Julianne Ryan urge viewers to consider the environmental cost of deforestation through sculpture, poetry and mixed media works.

Printmakers Judy Evans, Annette Nykiel and Stephne Sands tackle the issue of rubbish in communities.

Species loss is highlighted by textile artist Denise Fisher and mixed media artist Lyn Nixon, while ceramicist Patricia Hines encourages viewers to accept ancient connections to the land and embrace the changes necessary to protect it.

Mixed media artist Stella Onderwater uses rubber thongs to explore the barriers that connect yet separate people from the environment.

Ephemeral art installations by Alana Grant will take visitors into the beautiful wetlands for an immersive experience, while sound and video artist Claire Pannell give viewers a peek into the microscopic world under our feet.

Textile artist Deidre Robb confronts viewers with the consequences made as consumers, and mixed media artist Pam Langdon transforms discarded books into a nature-inspired installation.

Videographers Toni Gordon and Tanya Regan have created a short documentary on local recycling heroes, and photographer Sharon Meredith salutes the work of volunteers dedicated to protecting the Peel-Yalgorup wetlands.

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