WESTERN Riverina Arts, in partnership with the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority, will host an exhibition that explores relationships to the river at the Roxy Gallery.
"Reimagining the Murrumbidgee" is a mixed-media exhibition featuring artwork by David Williams, Hape Kiddle, Sarah McEwan, Trent Light and Jason Richardson.
Curator and regional arts development officer Derek Motion said the artists all had their own approaches to the river.
"Their varied mediums offers an opportunity to compare and contrast themes such as the environmental, economic and cultural significance of the 'Bidgee," Mr Motion said.
"Sarah McEwan's installation shows a conceptual approach, while Trent Light's portraits and interviews with Narrandera residents capture local activities and interests.
"David Williams shows the effect of Gogeldrie Weir on the river in a contemporary indigenous style, while Hape Kiddle worked on a riverbank to craft jewellery, carvings and silver spoons."
Jason Richardson's soundtrack to the exhibition manipulates ambience from the river including birdsong, creaking branches and passing traffic.
"At one point you can hear a train crossing over the river near Wagga," Mr Richardson said. "I wanted to raise the idea of how far the water travels in produce exported from the Riverina.
"You can also hear the hum of Leeton's rice co-operative among the sounds of passing water. It was a challenge not to make a piece that would make people want to pass water."
The exhibition launches Saturday at 2pm and is open each day at the Roxy Gallery until December 15.
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