Image Credit: Image credit: Jane Théau, Swimming Boy, 2013, Machine embroidery, sewing thread and wire, Stitch: free machine embroidery, straight lockstitch 38 x 50cm (variable)Photographer: Jane Théau.
A NETS Victoria and Ararat Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Dr Belinda von Mengersen
28 May – 26 June 2016
Gallery 5 & Print Gallery
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.
Image credit: Lucas Grogan The Universe Quilt 2013 Cotton thread on laminated cotton clotstraight stitch, seed stitch, satin stitch, French knotsh200cm x 175cm (variable)
Image credit: Sera Waters The Great Australian Bite: Gums 2011 Linen, cotton, crewel, beads, sequins, trimmings, chain, card, stuffing, leather, tea-towel, felt black work, crewel work57cm x 64cm x 3cm (variable)
Slipstitch is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. NETS Victoria also receives significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of Victoria