wearables/ textile art/ garments
Photo Credit: Janet Tavener
calico, graphite, thread,
hand and machine stitch, mark making, burning
'....to white ant' is 'to subvert or undermine from within'
The term is derived from the action of termites eating inside of wooden building foundations, often leaving no outward evidence, until the structure crumbles.
Throughout my practice I regularly use garments to represent the individual. Dresses are a universal symbol - they represent the feminine. Clothing has many functions: identity, modesty, self-expression and protection from the elements.
In this work 'the dress' represents the unseen damage caused to the individual from this persuasive, underhanded form of sabotage. The corrosive effect of white anting leaves victims exposed and vulnerable.
The work is also about resilience and overcoming obstacles. Stitch is used to mend. It is a deliberate action that takes time - time required to heal and move on.
untethered.fibre.artists - 'un:Seen' exhibition 2018-19
2018 wallarobbah arts and culture centre, hornsby NSW
2019 gallery m, adelaide SA
2019 goulburn regional gallery, goulburn NSW
2019-2020 manning regional gallery, taree NSW