Liddell WORKS is a creative program marking the closure of the Liddell power station, and its long legacy. The core of the program is 15 artist “residencies” where artists respond to the power station with fresh individual expressions, culminating in an exhibition in mid 2024.
Suellyn is a mixed media artist based in the Hunter Valley, and grew up recognising Liddell as an icon of the region. Her creative reaction to the closure of this edifice is to capture and preserve the ‘textures’ of Liddell. This is to celebrate the industrial surfaces that reflect years of wear and tear, of service and industry, and to the many hands and feet that have touched those spaces. Suellyn sees these surfaces as evidence of the interaction between history and human endeavour, that has become a part of the DNA of the workers who have served there. To capture the essence of this space through ‘textures’ includes taking prints and rubbings from surfaces, such as the labels of machinery, the surface of a steel floor, the grill of an industrial fan.
Photo: Suellyn Connolly taking a relief print from an industrial exhaust fan….’ (actually im not sure what that is…but it was definitely a fan!). Taken by Suzannah Jones.
Lisa hails from Dungog and has always been drawn to industrial spaces and heavy machinery. Her greatest love is her V8 1977 F100 Ford truck. Lisa is excited to be a part of the Liddell WORKS project and sees it as an opportunity to combine her past and present interests and skills. Lisa is a 4th generation crocheter, fusing historical and modern techniques and materials, pushing the limits of hooks and yarns. Lisa enjoys crocheting ‘new and fun stuff’ and wants her work to make people smile, and also provoke discussion and evoke memories.
Image: Supplied by Lisa.