Rebecca Mayo: Habitus

Rebecca Mayo’s works often reveal the ecological restoration and degradation of urban and peri-urban landscapes. In ‘Habitus’, an installation for ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017, Mayo reflects on the history of the museum’s Bulleen site.

A series of cloth sandbags printed using 18th century Toile de Jouy methods and dyes made from Indigenous and introduced plants, are stacked to form a wall in the exhibition space. Under the gaze of Yingabeal – a red gum tree standing for centuries at the junction point of five traditional Wurundjeri songline routes – the sandbags symbolise an environmental crisis point and highlight the cumulative impact of everyday and habitual activities.

Rebecca Mayo, Habitus (detail), 2017, installation view. Photograph: Matthew Stanton. Courtesy the artist and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Heide Museum of Modern Art
4 March to 18 June, 2017