Strung tells the stories of fibre from a diversity of cultures within our region. It celebrates the translation of techniques honed in ancient weaving crafts into contemporary forms: the weaving of new narratives through fibres looped upon themselves.
The exhibition brings together works from diverse locations and differing sensibilities, from the steamy pandanus forest of the Top End and sand hills of the Central Desert to across the Strait in Papua New Guinea and back to the urban jungles of Australia. To create these works, the artists collect raw materials from their environment, design and redesign traditional and innovative weaving processes, and with nimble hands craft objects of purpose and great beauty that express unique contemporary stories.
Curated by Lisa Beilby and artisan.
Artists: Casselle Mountford, Florence Jaukae and the Goroka Bilum Weavers, Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre, Injalak Arts, Lucy Irvine, and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
Exhibition continues to 3 September 2016.
This exhibition is a continuation of Andy Lowrie’s 2014 brooch series Sentinels and Spectres. Informed by historic jewellery and craft objects, Sentinels and Spectres captures Andy’s interpretation of landscapes he experiences by fusing natural and manmade elements. The exhibition features new pieces created in Tallinn, Estonia during an internship with Tanel Veenre, renowned jeweller and Associate Professor of Jewellery at the Estonian Academy of the Arts. Sentinels and Spectres reflects on the personal, political and spiritual connections Andy has with his surroundings, and explores how place can be represented through the craft of jewellery making.
Please find the digital catalogue for Sentinels and Spectres here.
Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian artist who draws upon her mixed heritage to explore the transition between places, cultures and communities. She uses paper cutting techniques derived from traditional folk art to create works that respond to her cross-cultural experiences. The King’s Confidant is a large-scale paper cut inspired by Elysha’s experience of the stainglass windows in the private royal pray chamber in the Tower of London in England. By drawing on these medieval designs, Elysha plays on the idea that the windows were privy to royal confessions and prayers and thus became confidants of past Kings.