Exhibitions / Ghostscapes

06.04.2014 to 04.05.2014

Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide.

I live here, in South Australia, as have some of my ancestors for nearly 180 years. Like them, I am not a homemaker but a settler. I build and stitch makeshift ‘homes’ atop this ancient land to whose inner workings remain mystifying and to which I have no historical ties (bar the humble lineage of settlers who have similarly sought resting places). I associate ‘home’ here, particularly in my darker moments, with uneasy foundations and an enduring obliviousness to what lies beneath and before. As such, I imagine ‘homes’ as teetering and temporary dwellings merely balancing atop hughnormous (as my son would say) hills. The hills are staggering; formed from innumerable layers of rich history, including the universe’s dust and rocks mixed with the bones of all past life. From the hills ghosts rise. Some seem familiar and most don’t, but their presence can be felt; in a stone, an old river red gum, the force of the wind, a street name and more. Rather than pretend they aren’t there, it seems a better plan to settle in with the ghosts of this land(scape) and to give them space in which they can howl and hush their inexpressible pasts.

1. The Beginning 2014 by Sera Waters

1. The Beginning  2014

cotton and found frame

350 x 350mm

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2. Stumped: A family gathering 2014 by Sera Waters

2. Stumped: A family gathering  2014

Four kangaroo tails, beads, cotton, linen and stuffing + found bill holder and wallpaper

variable dimensions

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2. Stumped: A family gathering (detail) 2014 by Sera Waters

2. Stumped: A family gathering (detail)  2014

Four kangaroo tails, beads, cotton, linen and stuffing + found bill holder and wallpaper

variable dimensions

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3. Swarm Theory: A pale murder 2014 by Sera Waters

3. Swarm Theory: A pale murder  2014

Clay, handmade glow in the dark beads, beads, cotton, lycra, paint

variable dimensions

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3. Swarm Theory: A pale murder (detail) 2014 by Sera Waters

3. Swarm Theory: A pale murder (detail)  2014

Clay, handmade glow in the dark beads, beads, cotton, lycra, paint

variable dimensions

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4. Canton Deck dreaming: Bound for Port(hole) Misery 2014 by Sera Waters

4. Canton Deck dreaming: Bound for Port(hole) Misery  2014

Found semco longstitches, cotton, rope, stuffing, bench, paint, lights and lino

variable dimensions

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4. Canton Deck dreaming: Bound for Port(hole) Misery (detail) 2014 by Sera Waters

4. Canton Deck dreaming: Bound for Port(hole) Misery (detail)  2014

Found semco longstitches, cotton, rope, stuffing, bench, paint, lights and lino

variable dimensions

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5. Signs of decline, diverging paths + unstable hazards 2014 by Sera Waters

5. Signs of decline, diverging paths + unstable hazards  2014

Three elements: 1. Declining handtowel: leather, handmade sequins, found crochet, brass towel hanger, 2. Unstable hazards (wombat hole): towel rack, towel, wool, nightlight, 3. Signs of decline (bunting): felt, rope, fabric, paint, found frame

variable dimensions

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5. Signs of decline, diverging paths + unstable hazards (detail) 2014 by Sera Waters

5. Signs of decline, diverging paths + unstable hazards (detail)  2014

felt, rope, fabric, paint, found frame

variable dimensions

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6. Lure the locals: Gentleman's collectables (decoy, bait, wait, s(t)inker) 2014 by Sera Waters

6. Lure the locals: Gentleman's collectables (decoy, bait, wait, s(t)inker)  2014

Decoy: linen, foam, felt, cotton and screen. Bait: handmade beads, string, wings. Wait: found stool, kangaroo fur, cotton and handmade rocks. S(t)inker: handmade rocks and cotton (+ wallpaper for installation)

variable dimensions

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6. Lure the locals: Gentleman's collectables (decoy, bait, wait, s(t)inker) (detail) 2014 by Sera Waters

6. Lure the locals: Gentleman's collectables (decoy, bait, wait, s(t)inker) (detail)  2014

Decoy: linen, foam, felt, cotton and screen. Bait: handmade beads, string, wings. Wait

variable dimensions

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7. Drowning B(u)oy + B(u)oy's washed-up collections 2014 by Sera Waters

7. Drowning B(u)oy + B(u)oy's washed-up collections  2014

Drowning B(u)oy: linen, cotton, card, LED, saddle felt, veneer B(u)oy’s washed-up collections: macramé found and made, shells, beads, buoy, model ketch, audio

variable dimensions

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7. Drowning B(u)oy (studio photo) 2014 by Sera Waters

7. Drowning B(u)oy (studio photo)  2014

linen, cotton, card, LED, saddle felt, veneer

variable dimensions

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7. B(u)oy's washed-up collections 2014 by Sera Waters

7. B(u)oy's washed-up collections  2014

macramé found and made, shells, beads, buoy, model ketch, audio

variable dimensions

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8. Wobbegong and ever after 2014 by Sera Waters

8. Wobbegong and ever after  2014

Axminster carpet, leather, vintage trim, LED, plastic, table, stools, light, hessian, paint

variable dimensions

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9. Grassland(scapes) 2014 by Sera Waters

9. Grassland(scapes)  2014

Hand-dyed calico, cotton, felt, hessian, hand-dyed string, hand-dyed trim, shelving, indoor/outdoor grass, paint, firescreen, hand-painted hand-blown glass fire lightshades

variable dimensions

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10. The Elements: Dustbowl, thirsty work + white hot sun 2014 by Sera Waters

10. The Elements: Dustbowl, thirsty work + white hot sun  2014

From left: white hot sun: terrarium, foam ball, sequins, beads, pins. Dustbowl: glass bowl, photograph, cork, rocks and soil, water. Thirsty work: light and rocks +paint, assorted pedestals, contact, cockatoo feathers, foam ball and light

variable dimensions

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10. The Elements: Dustbowl, thirsty work + white hot sun (detail) 2014 by Sera Waters

10. The Elements: Dustbowl, thirsty work + white hot sun (detail)  2014

white hot sun: terrarium, foam ball, sequins, beads, pins.

variable dimensions

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10. The Elements: Dustbowl, thirsty work + white hot sun (detail) 2014 by Sera Waters

10. The Elements: Dustbowl, thirsty work + white hot sun (detail)  2014

Dustbowl: glass bowl, photograph, cork, rocks and soil, water.

variable dimensions

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11. Exit 2014 by Sera Waters

11. Exit  2014

mat and paint

approximately 700 x 450mm

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1. The Beginning (studio photo) 2014 by Sera Waters

1. The Beginning (studio photo)  2014

cotton and found frame

350 x 350mm

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