This exhibition subverts and unravels the baggage-laden yet wondrous category of making once labelled ‘domestic arts’ (often a.k.a. ‘women’s work’). Perceived regularly as mundane or sentimental, home-making expressions are reworked in Domestic Arts to show not only the knotty tangles hiding within otherwise innocuous home-craft, but also that these make-do methods are rich repositories of passed along knowledge. In Australia, the domestic arts have been central to settler colonial home-making.
Domestic Arts presents a re-creation of a home; one that celebrates and critiques the tradition of women world-making using the material stuff around them, and one that questions the ongoing and problematic traditions of colonial settling. Using embroidery and home-craft methods, Domestic Arts leaps across generations of local and national historical happenings to create contemporary portals onto past legacies, ever present today
Fabrik - Lobethal Saturday 26 September - Sunday 1 November 2020
South Coast Regional Art Centre - Goolwa Saturday 7 November - Sunday 6 December 2020
JamFactory Seppeltsfield Friday 11 December 2020 - Sunday 31 January 2021
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery Saturday 6 February - Sunday 14 March 2021
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Friday 19 March - Sunday 2 May 2021
Walkway Gallery - Bordertown Monday 19 July - Sunday 5 September 2021
Riddoch Art Gallery - Mount Gambier Saturday 11 September - Sunday 31 October 2021
Please check individual venues for opening hours, artist talks and workshop details.
Sera Waters: Domestic Arts touring exhibition catalogue: produced by Country Arts SA, featuring catalogue essay "Remembering and reckoning with the past: time travel in rural South Australia" by Sarah McEwan, 2020.
Sera Waters, Breathing Routes, 2020-21, adhesive wallpaper, 1,200 x 8,000 cm 9-panel installation. Image: Kathy Gould
Sera Waters, Expanse of Eons, 2021, adhesive floorpaper, 700 x 550 cm.