Perched between several World Heritage National Parks, sprawling farmland and sugar cane fields and overlooked by Mount Warning, lies the town of Murwillumbah. Known for its endless natural beauty, Art Deco architecture, classical old-town feel and relaxed alternative lifestyle, Murwillumbah has become somewhat of a cultural hub and one of the most favoured places to live in Australia. Perhaps this is why the town plays host to a large portion of the East Coast's creative talent, with artists flocking to the area to soak up the rich atmosphere and creatively stimulating surroundings.
Like many others, Murwillumbah mixed-media sculptor and installation artist Annie Long feeds off the awe-inspiring natural beauty of her environment. "A love of travel and work in international language education has informed my work with recurrent themes of journey, both inner and outer - the nomad and the migrant. Since settling in Murwillumbah four years ago, I have found myself more inspired by the natural environment. I am currently working on a series exploring the fascinating yet at times disturbing behaviour of plants"
Among the many forms of art, installation can often stand apart from the rest. Installation can allow for a more interactive experience, acting as a vessel to portray messages in a more immersive way than traditional art forms. For this reason, installation art resonates particularly well with younger generations who thrive off the interaction and visual stimulus it offers. Today, installation art is often thought of as ambitious, large scale and something to be seen in world galleries. It's both refreshing and promising to see the increase of thought provoking, organic and culturally relevant installation art on a more local scale, like that created by Annie.
You can read more about Annie and her work at http://www.visualartist.info/annielong