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Sampler for a Colonised Land

52cm (W) x 141cm (H)
2018-19, cotton on linen

Sera Waters | Artist
Samplers were used from the seventeenth century to educate girls in literacy, morals and into obedience. This sampler uses the simple technique of cross-stitch but creates new patterns for re-education; particularly to draw attention to many types of boundaries which arise from fear-based and possessive ways of occupying land. These boundaries are inheritances from colonisation which continue on in many different forms today. Photograph Grant Hancock