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Looking after our environments, like creating these sculptures, takes ongoing effort, practice, research and resources. Short-term, short-sighted, cheap and “quick-fixes” are constantly proffered but are the results worth the purported savings? A bit of research to inform your choices – such as what plant species could easily become an invasive weed, what garden layouts and plants will encourage native animal presence, what the pest sprays can do in addition to killing unwanted insects – will always be worth the investment of time and care – for yourself and future generations.
Her sculpture for this exhibition is an evolution of the smaller paper sculptures she has previously created, adapting the concepts to heavier, more durable recycled material suitable for all-weather situations.
Tallulah Cunningham grew up in Central Australia and, briefly, rural Zimbabwe. Her earliest memories involve using art materials, unsurprising given her grandfather was an illustrator for the SA Museum & Education Department and her mother had studied creative design.
The first time Tallulah travelled solo overseas she was given a handmade sketchbook by her brother and commanded to keep drawing while she was away. This has lead to over fifteen years of travel journal recording sketches from museums, art galleries, zoos, built and natural environments across three different continents and numerous islands. A particular boon where photography was banned or impractical. This experience with observational drawing was further polished through her under and postgraduate studies in the University of Newcastle’s Natural History Illustration degree.
Tallulah’s enthusiasm for creating visual work is matched by her fascination with the natural world and a desire to inspire an appreciation of its complexities and interconnections with others.
Her practice is broad spectrum and explorative, wide ranging in genre that include scientific botanical watercolours, digital fantasy illustrations, graphic novel short stories, paper-cut compositions and occasional three dimensional sculptures. She most primarily works in watercolour, graphite and ink, preferring this medium for it’s portability.
Tallulah shares a creative studio under the auspices of Renew Newcastle, is the instigator of KimoNovember; an annual wear-kimono all-month challenge.
She practices Archery with the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), is an assistant instructor for junior Taekwondo classes and rides a 250cc Kawasaki.
She is eclectic.