Artist Insider: Randy Lee Cutler and Andrew Rewald at National Art School for NIRIN, 22nd Biennale of Sydney

Artist Insider: Randy Lee Cutler and Andrew Rewald at National Art School for NIRIN, 22nd Biennale of Sydney

Canadian artist Randy Lee Cutler and Australian artist Andrew Rewald worked together for 18 months from opposite sides of the world to create a collaborative installation for NIRIN at the National Art School in Sydney. Randy lives in Vancouver while Andrew is based on the NSW north coast in Mullumbimby.

Spread through three rooms in the school’s historic Chapel, their joint work Mineral Garden delves into the secret life of plants and minerals, core areas of interest for both artists.

They also each have separate works as part of NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Andrew built Alchemy Garden from scratch last year onsite at NAS, a community garden with edible plants which has flourished while being tended to by a team of local residents.

Randy’s project, Mineral Collection, includes her collage works exploring the presence of minerals in our daily environments.

Randy and Andrew were both scheduled to present public talks and tours as part of NIRIN, but these have been cancelled due to coronavirus.

Here they talk about the profound professional and personal connections they made during their collaboration, the frustrations of remote curation, and their surprise when they first met in person late last year.

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