Barbara Hamilton’s “Casuarina Dreaming” takes flight
Sydney based artist Barbara Hamilton is passionate about conservation and the environment, but it’s birds that hold the key to her heart.
Barbara first encountered the Glossy Black-Cockatoo almost a decade ago while volunteering with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, with the vulnerable species now forming the basis of many artworks in her Asquith-based studio.
Her creation, Casuarina Dreaming II, will be showcased at the annual Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition, which transforms the ancient Jurassic rainforest to an open-air art gallery from April 13 to May 13.
“The main thrust of my work is to help people understand how fragile the environment is and raise awareness of our endemic black cockatoos whose population is dwindling due to the loss of habitat and competition for nesting hollows,” she said.
Constructed from discarded umbrellas and recycled plastic bottles, Casuarina Dreaming II also incorporates soundscapes of ‘Glossies’ feeding, providing viewers with a glimpse into the lives of these vulnerable species.
“So rarely do we get out into the bush and look around us,” Barbara said. “We need to be aware that conservation isn’t just about one tree or bird; it’s about a whole ecological community and if you lose one thing, you lose a lot of other things as well.”
“Tapping into that and helping people to better understand the critical loss of habitat and species through my work – that’s what I’m about.”
An avid lover of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Barbara’s work aims to give viewers a small taste of what it’s like to see these magnificent birds in the wild.
“Casuarina II showcases Glossies with unique soundscapes and visuals, and emphasises the importance of getting out among nature and being fully immersed while you’re there,” she said.
Barbara’s work will be showcased at Sculpture at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains from April 13 to May 13.
Showcasing works from over 35 local, national and international artists among the stunning Jamison Valley, Sculpture at Scenic World appeals to all ages with creations ranging from subtle artworks to bold installations.
Accommodation packages are available, starting from $98 per person for two nights.
For more information, visit www.sculptureatscenicworld.com.au