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FINALIST | Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019

1 June - 11 August 2019

My work Middle Distance has been selected as a finalist in the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award. A biennial acquisitive award & exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile artistry. An exhibition of finalists will be held at the Wangaratta Art Gallery.

Middle Distance is part of an ongoing project that uses the visual language of architecture and tapestry processes to create jarring spatial experiences. Contrary to its dense materiality and clear-cut linear construction this work appears unstable and in flux. The focus of the viewers’ eye is bucked from point to point and forced to soften in much the same way that one stares into space, disengaged with one’s immediate surroundings. In the end, as Mark Wigley says, “What is experienced is the atmosphere, not the object as such.”[1]

Details: Middle Distance, 2019, Cotton Tapestry, 20 x 19 x 0.5 cm (unframed) / 22.5 x 21.5 x 5 cm (framed)

[1] Mark Wigley, The Atmosphere of Architecture

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11 May - 22 June 2019 | Opening 16 May 6-8pm, all welcome.

An exhibition of contemporary tapestry and loom woven textiles that explores materiality, process, and the intersections between textiles, painting, and sculptural form.

Artists include: Meghan Spielman (USA), Jennifer Robertson (ACT), Tim Gresham (VIC), Amanda Ho (VIC), Ana Petidis (VIC), Britt Salt (VIC), and Sara Lindsay (VIC)

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EXHIBITION | Australian Tapestry Workshop

7 Feb- 3 May 2019 | Opening 6-8pm 12 Feb, all welcome

During my residency at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2018 I explored tapestry techniques as a method for contemporary drawing and developed practice-based research around the concept of Impermanence. From this base, I created a series of new works that navigate architectural structures via repetition and transient pattern.

Working intuitively to direct the process, vibrant pattern is revealed from a foundation of monochromatic lines. Each shift of direction these horizontal wefts take culminates in an optical pattern, disrupting the linear surface of the drawing. As these patterns pulse ephemerally atop the solid black and white surface, they allow an in-between space to come forth and be perceived as an entity.

I’ll be showing a series of work that resulted from this residency alongside other Artists in residence from 2018.


PUBLIC ARTWORK | Melbourne International Airport

Commissioned by Asia Pacific Airports Melbourne, my new artwork Traverse was recently unveiled at Melbourne International Airport.

Traverse developed through a series of conversations and engagement with the nature of the international departures terminal and in particular, the security hall. This transient space sees a constant flow of people and was identified by APAM as a high stress zone. As such, there was an opportunity to transform commuters’ experience of the security hall by integrating an artwork that would offer calmness, interaction and innovation.   

DETAILS: Traverse, 2019 Powder coated Aluminium and LED lighting, 14.5 x 2.4 x 0.3 m