ARTISTIC REMINDERS : Heather Matthew made art from objects rescued from the flood waters.
ARTISTIC REMINDERS : Heather Matthew made art from objects rescued from the flood waters. Yvonne Gardiner

Memory of water flows deep in exhibition

THE work of a local artist which takes a personal and up-close look at the impact of the floods associated with Cyclone Debbie is one of the features of a new display at Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah.

Heather Matthew's work Preserved Memories is part of a larger project that documents stories of the Tweed's most recent flood.

Acquired from the exhibition Posts from the Big Flood, part of the Murwillumbah Art Trail in May last year, Matthew's work is made of objects rescued from the flood waters which devastated her studio in South Murwillumbah in March/April last year.

Museum director Judy Kean says while some may question why the museum is adding artworks to its collection, those who view the work will understand.

"In this case the work consists entirely of objects - preserving jars and a box - from Heather's studio, as well as some actual flood water that inundated her equipment," Judy said.

"Preserved Memories and Heather's willingness to work with us to tell her story goes to the heart of an experience shared by many.

"It provides a first-hand account of one person's journey and offers the museum an invaluable opportunity to collect and preserve physical objects that carry a story of 'going through it'."

Preserved Memories and Heather's most recent work, Silt, made using paper rescued from the flood waters in her studio, will be displayed at the museum as part of the Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT18) in May.

The Tweed Regional Museum, 2 Queensland Road, Murwillumbah.

Phone (02) 6670 2493 for details.


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