Great Australian Bite: Cavernous

Slipstitch

27 Mar 2015 - 18 Jun 2017
Slipstitch presents an Australian perspective on the contemporary uptake of embroidery by a new generation of artists. The exhibition features recent work from Mae Finlayson, David Green, Lucas Grogan, Alice Kettle, Tim Moore, Silke Raetze, Demelza Sherwood, Matt Siwerski, Jane Theau, Sera Waters, Elyse Watkins and Ilka White.

Curated by Dr Belinda von Mengersen

Slipstitch presents an Australian perspective on the contemporary uptake of embroidery by a new generation of artists. The exhibition features recent work from Mae Finlayson, David Green, Lucas Grogan, Alice Kettle, Tim Moore, Silke Raetze, Demelza Sherwood, Matt Siwerski, Jane Theau, Sera Waters, Elyse Watkins and Ilka White.

In recent years contemporary artists in Australia have embraced embroidery for its capacity for poignant and reflective narrative. The re-emergence of embroidery is part of a broader questioning of the hierarchy of materials that has gained momentum since the 1990s. Embroidered objects have often been read literally and relegated within a domestic framework. These new contemporary works break down preconceptions by exploring what embroidery can become once it transcends the regularity of pattern and decoration. Historically, embroidery like the Bayeux Tapestry, was used as a tool for personal or political narratives. Slipstitch aims to introduce a contemporary audience to the capacity of embroidery for drawing and communication in this mode.

Exhibition website

The tour of this exhibition has been made possible by Creative Victoria through the Touring Victoria program and a full colour catalogue publication has been generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.

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Slipstitch catalogue

Artworks in Exhibition

Great Australian Bite: Gums
Great Australian Bite: Gums
55cm (W) x 50cm (H)
2010-11, linen, cotton, crewel, beads, sequins, trimmings, chain, card, stuffing, leather, tea-towel, felt
Great Australian Bite: Cavernous
Great Australian Bite: Cavernous
84cm (W) x 65cm (H)
2009-11, linen, cotton, crewel, beads, sequins, trimmings, chain, card, stuffing, leather, tea-towel, felt


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