11 August, 2023

Investigating FNQ’s Ancient Lava Tubes through Art


Cairns-based Artist, Claudine Marzik, is presenting her latest exhibition Undara Paintings in Cairns at NorthSite Contempory Arts.

Marzik has been making and exhibiting work inspired by the unique environment of Far North Queensland for more than three decades. Her latest body of work delves into the ancient lava tubes and cavernous rock formations within Undara Volcanic National Park, located in the centre of lower Cape York, between Cairns and Normanton. Undara Volcanic National Park protects the worlds longest lava tube caves formed over 190,000 years ago. The name Undara in local Aboriginal dialects means ‘Long Way’.

Undara Paintings fosters a deep investigation and understanding of this landscape, referencing the voids shaped by volcanic eruption, the pattern, deposition, graffiti and textures, appearing on the ceiling and the walls and speleothem continually accumulating.

Marzik’s exhibition is showing at NorthSite Contemporary Arts from 1 September to 28 October 2023.



NorthSite Exhibition Opening | Friday, 1 September 2023 | 5:30PM-7:30PM | FREE EVENT
Celebrate the exhibition opening of Undara Paintings by Claudine Marzik’s. Undara Paintings will open alongside the exhibitions Future Nostalgia by Charlotte Haywood and Milk Run by Claire Grant. These three exhibitions are linked through ecological exploration; from the ancient lava tubes at Undara Volcanic National Park, to emergent narratives of the future, to the spectacular aerial landscape along regional Queensland.

NorthSite Artist Talks | Saturday, 2 September 2023 | 10:30AM-12PM | FREE EVENT
Join us for a unique experience to hear from the Artists presenting work in the NorthSite Galleries at Bulmba-ja. Guests will receive a tour of the galleries, hear from the artists and have the opportunity to ask questions.



Claudine Marzik was born in Switzerland and migrated to Cairns in 1988. Claudine is well known for her large abstract works influenced by the unique and distinctive landscape of North Queensland. Her work is in major public and private collections including the Artbank Australia collection. Claudine has held major exhibitions within Australia and overseas and has been a finalist and winner of a number of art awards.



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