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Exhibition preview: Lines of Communication

A small preview of images from my upcoming exhibition Lines of Communication at Incinerator Art Space (2 Small St Willoughby, 29 October to 16 November), opening 1 November 2-4 pm. I’ve been researching this project for quite a while now so I’m interested to see what you think.

News, 2014, archival pigment print on cotton rag, silk & mohair yarn, hand stitching

News, 2014, archival pigment print on cotton rag, silk & mohair yarn, hand stitching

Pitt St, 2014, archival pigment print on cotton rag

Pitt St, 2014, archival pigment print on cotton rag

Weep. 2014. archival pigment print on cotton rag, polyester georgette, vintage silk thread, hand stitching

Weep. 2014. archival pigment print on cotton rag, polyester georgette, vintage silk thread, hand stitching

And a little background to the work:

Like a worn and discarded garment the traces of human touch evident in a handwritten message can bear some ephemeral memory of a life. Just as a piece of clothing can take on the odour and even shape of a person, the gestures in handwriting reflect a unique individuality.

These elements constitute the starting point for Lines of Communication, a photographic exhibition that examines the combination of these two aspects of memory in another context. Reflecting on written communications during traumatic times between servicemen, their comrades and loved ones, this exhibition journeys from the First World War through to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Photography of original documents and images from the State Library of NSW and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, together with hand stitching, and vintage textiles converge in Lines of Communication to contemplate expression through hand and typewritten text, memory, life and loss.

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A few photos of my work Dispersed Accounts installed on site for HarbourSculpture. The exhibition runs until July 27 and is lit in the evenings until 10 pm.

The community launch is on Saturday 19th from 4 until 9 and will include fireworks from 5 pm, food stalls and a licensed bar. You can even bring a picnic!

If you’re able to drop in it would be great to see you!

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Exhibitions

HarbourSculpture has opened

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Some pre-installation shots of Dispersed Accounts which will be installed in a tree in Clark’s Point next week. My artist statement will explain its evolution:

Dispersed accounts is a recreation of the Atlas Engineering sign attached to their office building, once a home of the Clarke family, that was situated on a knoll on what is now known as Clarke’s Point.

Constructed of copper mesh, its lettering is embroidered with reclaimed woollen yarn and string made from deconstructed WWII military uniforms, referencing human presence at, and historic usage of, the site – wool shipments, modification of passenger craft into armed troopships, and repairs to warships.

Its position suggests having being windblown from its original site – surviving as a fragile, weathered skeleton of an industrial past.

Dispersed Accounts (full image)

Dispersed Accounts (detail)And the old sign inspiring the work:

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Exhibitions

HarbourSculpture work

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Only a few days to go until HarbourSculpture’s launch. Please join us for a picnic, food stalls and entertainment from 4 pm on July 19 at Clarke’s Point Reserve.

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HarbourSculpture countdown

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