Planter Boxes

Artist: 
Bronwyn Razem and Marion Manifold
Curator/s: 
Warrnambool Art Gallery

As part of the Liebig Street Public Art Program Warrnambool City Renewal Project, local artists Bronwyn Razem and Marion Manifold were invited to work with Warrnambool Art Gallery to present selected pieces on raised planter boxes. The planter boxes featuring Razem's work are detail images of grass weavings, Manifold's are detail images of the artist's prints.

The planter boxes featuring Razem and Manifold's can be found at the northern end of Liebig Street, Warrnambool.

Bronwyn Razem

Bronwyn Razem is an Indigenous Australian basket weaver and painter. She is a Gunditjmara woman of the Kirrae Whurrong clan of western Warrnambool on the Victorian coastline. Bronwyn’s practice involves an exploration of her Indigenous heritage and identity, and she creates symbolic representations of places and events that are meaningful to her family. Bronwyn’s mother, Aunty Zelda Couzens, was a well-respected basket weaver and elder who taught Bronwyn basket-making techniques. Bronwyn now regularly conducts basket weaving workshops with Victorian Indigenous communities in order to facilitate the revival of cultural traditions. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at Deakin University, and in 2008 she was enrolled in a Master by Research degree at Deakin Institute of Koorie Education, Geelong.

Artist website: www.mirrnongminnie.com.au

Marion Manifold

Marion Manifold is a prominent South-West Victorian artist and educator. Her work expolores themes of the human condition and environmental conservation. Manifold’s prints highlight the human encroachment on habitat and population increase, agricultural practices, hunting for food and clothing, and climate change. Drawing on diverse references, including; the story of Rebecca Carmichael, known as Raby, who drowned along with her parents and siblings on the Loch Ard; her own colonial and European ancestry; as well as environmental themes, Manifold brings female histories to the fore as reminders of our duties to protect and care for the Earth.

Artist website: www.marionmanifold.com

Image credit: Marion Manifold, The Land “Mary” 1831 (detail), 2009.