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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

The Art Of Rust, Broken Clocks And Paintings

Long Beach artist Carmel Cox is gearing up for a solo art exhibition and floor talk at Batemans Bay Library on Tuesday 13 June at 5.00pm.

Originally an oil painter, Carmel has recently been branching out into mixed media, acrylics, charcoal and ink pours. She loves to introduce textural pieces into her paintings, layering them between glazes. Many of the paintings on display are award winning pieces.

Recently Carmel accepted a challenge to turn an old book into book art. So thrilled with the result, Carmel has now completed six altered books with themes ranging from vintage, steam punk, rusty things and one dedicated to Dr Who.

To complete the books and give them that lovely old industrial look, Carmel has gathered the assistance of friends and stall holders from the local markets to be on the look out for rusty old items.

Carmel now collects broken wind up clocks and has a friend strip them down for the beautiful brass cogs and gears inside. These cogs she then uses in her altered books and steam punk art.

Above: Carmel in front of one of her paintings holding an altered book and a hand crafted pyramid

Besides altering the covers of books, Carmel carves into the pages, often placing an object or drawing back into the pages.

Also on display, Carmel will talk about her hand crafted pyramids, each individually painted with aspects of the Australian landscape.

While Carmel’s paintings will be on display from Monday 5 June to Saturday 24 June at Batemans Bay Library, her altered books and pyramids will only be on view during the artist floor talk on Tuesday 13 June.

Carmel will give a brief outline of her introduction to art, her influences and her love of combining painting with sculpture. She will be on hand to answer any questions about her techniques and inspirations.

The public are warmly welcomed to attend the Floor Talk and bookings are essential. Please phone Batemans Bay Library on 44725850 to book.

Above: Altered Books and hand crafted pyramids

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