Art in Wimmera fields

FARMERS' crop drives have inspired a Rainbow artist to host an art show and dinner with a difference tomorrow.

Artist and teacher Belinda Eckermann will debut her 'Genetic Mutants' masters by research exhibition at Rainbow from 5pm.

The event will include a drive around Rainbow crop sites where Eckermann has temporarily installed her artworks.

She will lead visitors on a tour of her art in the crops and the evening will end with dinner and a light show at Albacutya silos.

Rainbow musician Ally Harper will also entertain.

She won a scholarship during her honours year and is completing her Masters in Visual Art at La Trobe University.

Eckermann said the art exhibition was experimental and exploratory.

"I work with light and without light as well," she said.

"So sometimes I need a gallery space that is light and other times I need the space to be dark.

"I came up with the idea of being in the crops because farmers go for crop drives.

"I also thought I should play with the meal a bit. Dinner will play on the processes of genetic modification and the food we eat.

"I bought a spherification kit and will use this, like chef Heston Blumenthal on TV show Heston's Feasts."

Spherification is a culinary process of shaping liquid into spheres which visually and texturally resemble caviar.

Eckermann's artwork will include drawing and photography in mixed media installations. Her works draw on notions of attraction and repulsion through biotechnology, microbiology, technology and art.

Eckermann has used microscopic imagery of plants, seeds and pollen in her art.

Animation involving photography and drawing will be projected onto the silos at nightfall.

Eckermann said people could call 0429 357 966 to RSVP to the free event.

Eckermann advised people to meet at Rainbow Post Office at 5pm tomorrow and have access to a car.

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