Sera Waters: Specks: unimaginable futures

Specks

29 Jul 2021 - 28 Aug 2021
A solo exhibition at Hugo Michell Gallery of contemporary artworks by artist Sera Waters.

I imagine the atmosphere of now is full of specks; specks of the past, specks of data, specks of living matter, specks of stuff. Specks link to others to make threads, then tangles, then whole interconnected networks, that are the basis of the stories and material worlds we inherit and continue to create for the next generations. These artworks were made during the time of the pandemic, lockdowns, my own grief, and my grappling with growing climatic disasters. They transform specks of data, family histories, found materials, and textile traditions into tales, reminders, and laborious reckonings. These stories of stumps, drought-ridden land, extreme heat, and invasive species all arise from past entangles; from a want for wood, from a stowaway pest, from traditions introduced ill-fittingly to another’s faraway land. Tracing these tangles, following their threads, is a way of learning from them, redirecting their accumulated specks into new stories for the future. 

Sera Waters, 2021

Specks catalogue side 1
Specks catalogue side 2

An essay printed onto a tear off pad as an accompaniment to the exhibition. Design by sweetpolka

Specks by textile artist Sera Waters installed at Hugo Michell Gallery
Specks by textile artist Sera Waters installed at Hugo Michell Gallery
Specks by textile artist Sera Waters installed at Hugo Michell Gallery
Specks by textile artist Sera Waters, installed at Hugo Michell Gallery.
Specks by textile artist Sera Water installed at Hugo Michell Gallery

Specks installation at Hugo Michell Gallery. Photographs Sam Roberts.

Artworks in Exhibition

Pestillpedes
Pestillpedes
27cm (W) x 25cm (H)
2020, cotton, linen, trim, beads, crewel, velvet and card.
Unlucky Palm Charm
Unlucky Palm Charm
36cm (W) x 70cm (H)
2020, hand-dyed linen, cotton, lycra, hand-dyed trim, chains, sequins, felt, card and stuffing
Coat of Burrows
Coat of Burrows
65cm (W) x 80cm (H)
2020, pre-loved wool on canvas
Sera Waters: Specks: unimaginable futures
Specks: unimaginable futures
35cm (W) x 31cm (H)
2020, linen, felt, cotton, sequins and hand-made sequins
Extreme Barometer
Extreme Barometer
80cm (W) x 120cm (H)
2020-21, pre-loved wool on canvas
Grief Wreath
Grief Wreath
62cm (W) x 92cm (H)
2020-21, cotton, hand-dyed linen, various pre-loved materials and trims, wool, canvas, beads, chain, card and stuffing
Twilight Stump framed
Twilight Stump
63cm (W) x 64cm (H)
2020-21, wool on canvas
Wallpaper by textile artist Sera Waters
Twilight Stump - Floorpaper
100cm (W) x 113cm (H)
2021, custom vinyl floor paper.


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