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Window Walk | Elyse de Valle X Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre

  • Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 251 Faraday Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

Window Walk | Elyse de Valle X Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre

Image: Elyse de Val

Image: Elyse de Val

An installation for a library:

“Much of the research behind this project would not have been possible without the State Library archives, they informed my case study of unknown neo-classical Australian marble sculptor and expert, Charles Francis Summers.

I was introduced to Summers by a chance encounter with a man who has deep respect for Summers. This man has in his possession four objects that once belonged to Summers - a glass plate portrait, marble chisel, writing pen and journal.

I studied the objects of Summers by remaking them using the slow labor-intensive methods - embroidery and marble carving. My research extended to archives such as the State Library of Victoria and to Italy where I began to focus on the life of Summers and followed in his footsteps beyond making as he did, in marble.

I follow significant successes and failures surrounding the work of Summers. I have visited significant historical sites and work from his past and have made as he did, creating my own inevitable failures. I culminate the focused narrative I construct of Summers and my own to contemplate monuments, mourning and memorialising.”

Elyse de Valle is an artist and archivist who engages with materials and site to express the conceptual concerns of her art practice. De Valle’s work explores little known narratives that permit her contemplation of creative labour, memories, trauma, loss and experience. It is often a pursuit to trace, re-examine and respond to social history, reflecting on how memory is encoded directly and indirectly within the built form.


This contemporary craft installation is hosted by Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre:

The 139-year-old Kathleen Syme building in Carlton was transformed in 2015 into the area’s first-of-its-kind creative, learning and community space. The building is home to a comprehensive library.



Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 7pm
Friday 8.30am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 2pm - 5pm

This event is part of Craft Cubed 2019 Window Walk Project, funded by the City of Melbourne

For more information about the program and where to see installations across the city, please visit