In early 2017 artists Janet Tavener and Rew Hanks undertook a three-month artist residency in Iceland. The work produced for this exhibition is inspired by their journey and expresses their shared concern for the effect of climate change on the regions within the Arctic Rim.
During the residency Tavener photographed many of the vanishing glaciers and ice caves of Iceland. Her second series of work responds to the vulnerability of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway. Hanks’ hand-coloured linocuts highlight the dramatic decline of the puffin populations of Iceland and the imbalance of marine ecosystems in the North Atlantic Sea caused by the high density of plastic pollutants.
Janet Tavener and Rew Hanks are both Sydney based artists and educators who have exhibited around Australia and internationally. In 2017 Tavener won the major award of North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader for Sustainability and her work is held in several public collections. Hanks is an awarded printmaker whose work is held in prominent collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Art Gallery of South Australia. This is the first time they have exhibited together.
Image: Janet Tavener, Crystal Ice Cave, 2017