In the era before motels and resorts, a holiday at the Gold and Sunshine coasts usually meant either pitching a tent and camping by the beach or staying in a simple cottage owned by family or friends. Simplicity, informality, individuality and increasingly a design that acknowledged a connection to outdoor living were the hallmarks of these humble places. Despite rapid change to the urban fabric of the Coasts currently taking place, a few of these buildings remain, and hold with them many layers of memory of this holiday history of relaxation and escape. Fibro Coast aimed to creatively re-engage with the cultural, artistic, architectural and design legacy of the humble fibro beach house, and through the work of artists and architects allow visiitors to take another look at these quiet and disappearing places.
The exhibition featured works by artists who holidayed here from the 1920s such as Vida Lahey and Lloyd Rees and continued with new work by contemporary artists who were invited to respond to the continuing resonance of these structures within the rapidly changing beach front environment.
My work for the exhibition included a video installation and a series of small sculptural works titled ‘Reliquary Boxes.’ More information about the works can be found at www.creativehistories.com.