Recycled Art @ the Screening of Manufactured Landscapes

Posted: May 4, 2011 in Collaborators
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A very special recycled art piece by Artist Sonia Grieve will be on display at the Donkey Wheel House on Thursday 12th May as part of the launch of Arts in Action and screening of Manufactured Landscapes. The documentary about world renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky encourages people to join a global conversation on sustainability and how we can minimise our impact on the environment. According to Sonia her piece titled ‘Atlas Novus’ (2011) began as a study in analysing and implementing sustainable work practices where the artistic process and its impact on the environment ran as a parallel creative narrative.

Artist Statement – Sonia Grieve

Living in East Gippsland, Sonia works primarily in multimedia with a focus on the development of new pieces from found, recycled, reclaimed and liberated items. The Atlas, in its traditional form, has essentially been replaced by Google Maps, Google Earth and Global Positioning Systems. The creation of ‘Atlas Novus’ was an opportunity to transform a traditional bound volume of maps into a three dimensional, deconstructed, reimagining of a world globe. My desire was to create something beautiful and functional in my art work, to save it from landfill.


Second-hand Atlas published in 1978, purchased from op shop.

Paper lightshade reclaimed from house.

Non-toxic glue;  1 cup of flour and 2 cups of water mixed.


The artwork was made during the day in natural sunlight. No electricity was consumed to make it.

The pieces of maps were hand cut with scissors and the remnants of paper were disposed into a household recycle bin.

Join the launch of Arts in Action 

Buy your tickets online now at Greentix as seats are limited  

A camera drive in support of the 1 camera 1000smiles project will also be held on the night, so please bring along any old unused cameras and photographic equipment which will be donated to the kids camera project. The Good Brew Company will be supplying beer, cider and/or wine brewed with a minimun carbon footprint. All inclusive, so come along bring your old cameras and toast the opening of Arts in Action with a good brew! Or if a Good Brew is not your cup of tea, then enjoy a STREAT coffee instead!

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