Geelong After Dark 2018
In May 2018 Liz created the installation Miss Drydale & Miss Newcomb, Lady Squatters.
Keen to hear the voices of women from Geelong’s past, Liz stumbled on the story of two quirky and fascinating very early settlers: Anne Drysdale (1792-1853) and Caroline Newcomb (1812-1892). Despite an age gap of 20 years the women were partners, living together on the Bellarine and running a successful property.
The pair are fascinating as they don’t fit the usual stereotypes of pioneer women. Unmarried, inseparable, independent of men and living together, their relationship is intriguing and special: they shared a home and were later being buried side-by-side. Respected landholders and successful pastoralists, they were vital members of their community. The Geelong suburbs of Newcomb and Drysdale are named in their honour.
The dresses were created with full hoop skirts from cane with paper, fabric and lace, then illuminated and paraded through central Geelong as part of the Geelong After Dark arts event.
Photo: Reg Ryan
Mountain to Mouth 2018
Liz was commissioned by the City of Geelong to work with children at schools to create pyramid lanterns for processions at M~M ceremonies in the city and at Barwon Heads.
Photo: Sandy Goddard
Remnant Canoe & Geelong After Dark 2017
Liz was commissioned by the City of Geelong as a participating artist in 2 major art events in May 2017.
On May 4 the permanent sculpture Remnant Canoe was installed at the You Yangs as a homage to the biennial Mountain to Mouth Art Walks. Liz created the image Spirit of Canoe, a major element in the dramatic evening ceremony to install Remnant Canoe. Contructed from cane, bamboo and paper the illuminated canoe was carried by local young people, and led the procession that drew onlookers to the site of the sculpture.
Over the preceeding months Liz had worked with primary students from Lara in a series of workshops, where 24 simple star lantern were created from cane, bamboo and paper. The lanterns were adorned with words, handwritten by the students who shared their ideas for Geelong's future. Illuminated and carried by the children they formed a striking image in the procession at the You Yangs.
The canoe and lanterns were also used in an illuminated procession to launch the Geelong After Dark festival. They became part of the art installation in City Hall, River of Words by artist Esther Konings-Oakes, which was part of Geelong After Dark.
Mountain to Mouth 2016