Cecile’s work spans a wide spectrum of the visual arts, from environmental and fine art, to theatre design and community arts.
Her enthusiasm for using recycled and found materials has always been an intrinsic force at the very heart of her arts practice.
This interest in repurposing consumer waste linked her up with musicians and performance artists working within this area and led to collaborations on many sound art & theatre projects. She has toured regionally giving workshops in multiple art forms specific to local communities’ needs.
Working as a community artist for Ghost Nets Australia in remote coastal areas became the starting point for her latest body of work. The discarded fishing net and marine debris collected during her residency were intertwined alongside marine debris found on her own local beach in the south coast of WA. This gave her a personal connection to place and an awareness of the global waste carried through our oceans today.
Her exhibitions have been complemented with residencies in Switzerland, Vietnam & Fiji. Exhibiting locally, interstate and overseas has led to her artworks being acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and numerous private collections such as the Kerry Stokes Collection and the Janet Holmes à Court Collection.
Visit www.cecilewilliams.com.au to see more of Cecile’s extraordinary work.
Featured WorkForget Me Knot
- Year: 2015
- Materials: Ghostnet, metal frames, marine debris, fishing line, beach rope
- Size: Enclosed 143 x 200 x 115 cm, Open 143 x 280 x 115 cm
- Price: $5,800 ea, $10,000 pair
‘Forget Me Knot’ is a form for remembering those who have been lost at sea. The death of a swimmer a few years ago initiated a campaign to cull sharks in Western Australia and this action became the connection point from which these artworks evolved. The marine debris and ghostnet (discarded or lost fishing nets found adrift in our oceans) are, in themselves, floating deathtraps for the marine life living in our oceans.