Exhibition celebrates the chaos of the sky

WHAT’S happening outside is often a topic of discussion among Tasmanians, who show more interest in the weather than any other Australian state.

Hobart visual artist Claire Pendrigh recently celebrated the beauty of the Hobart sky with the opening of her exhibition ‘Clouds of a Chaotic Sky’ at the Salamanca Arts Centre.

The exhibition, which was officially opened by ABC weather presenter Simon McCulloch earlier this month, includes a range of paintings and a large mobile installation.

All of Ms Pendrigh’s works adopt the use of scientific and meteorological references to help viewers understand how clouds affect the weather cycle.

Ms Pendrigh said the exhibition took its name from a cloud state that could be observed regularly in Hobart – Altocumulus of a Chaotic Sky.

She said a language of meteorological symbols recurred throughout her works.

“I wanted to make sure that I represented the science of clouds, as well as the simple fascination of just lying on your back and looking up at the sky,” she said.

Mr McCulloch, who is the Tasmanian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) acting state manager, said weather had always generated a lot of fascination from the public.

“Especially as the science and equipment we use improves our capabilities and therefore the information we can provide,” he said.

“Here at the BoM, we look at clouds to get a sense of what is happening in the atmosphere.

“Claire, however, has taken this skyline feature and turned it into an exciting exhibit that showcases the beauty of our weather.”

Clouds of a Chaotic Sky will be showing at the Salamanca Arts Centre daily from 10am to 4pm until Monday 22 January.

For more information, visit www.salarts.org.au/event/clouds-of-a-chaotic-sky.

Caption: Artist Clare Pendrigh with ABC weather presenter Simon McCulloch at her art exhibition opening earlier this month.