wearables/ textile art/ garments
Photo Credit: Janet Tavener
untethered.fibre.artists - 'inTransit' exhibition 2017-18
2017 wallarobbah arts and culture centre, hornsby NSW
2018 tuggeranong arts centre, tuggeranong ACT
cotton, seatbelt webbing, repurposed garments, pencil, hand and machine stitch
Through the use of colour, text, materiality, weight and silhouette I have sought to translate how depression sometimes feels. For some it is always there - omnipresent. Waiting for us to wake, it accompanies us as we travel throughout the day to greater and lesser degrees. The weight of the many burdens we carry around with us while we are in transit; the sense of being overwhelmed by the responsibilities and decisions we face in our private and personal lives and family relationships.
The daily ritual of dressing for work or to face the world is explored.
Our clothing becomes our anonymity, our armour, our safety, a barrier protecting us from the rawness of our feelings which are always there, often just below the surface. We strive to put our problems and burdens to the side so we can address the ongoing demands of the day.