A year of preparation for our ANU Graduation Show. Not wanting to be like the others, I just had to paint my allocated space pink. No more "white cubes for me!"
I have always been drawn to textile artworks that speak with words and symbols. During my final year of my Visual Art Degree, I explored English language evolving to such an extent that it was not always understandable and created “fragments of a lost language.”
I am influenced by the relationship between words, meaning and interpretation. The English language evolves, and seemingly more rapidly today as technology, social media and cultural change occurs in our society. The aim of my final piece (or pieces) is to make a connection between women stitchers of the past who embroidered messages and communication on samplers. I want to deconstruct the basic stitches used in their communication samplers, such as cross stitch and running stitch to encode and deconstruct. The final piece is aimed at transposing the Victorian sentiment into a contemporary setting. The samplers will consist of simple marks to create a logic of language.
Momentum is a group of four artists who meet regularly to continue to explore and encourage each other and with group sprit we apply for one or two exhibitions per year. Dutch courage and group fortitude is a great combination to share a space. This year we were accepted to M16 in Canberra for a group exhibition, simply called "RED." Concentrating on embroidery I happliy explore social issues attached to this colour.