I thought I would share some images from a series of work I created for my first solo exhibition, which was held in August last year @ The Orange Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia. The exhibition was a culmination of a year long residency at a school there.
This series explores my own fears at finding myself sharing my new house with all manner of creepy crawlies; most of which I was convinced were going to kill me. This got me thinking about the way the first British settlers must have felt - shipped off against their will to a strange and what must have seemed hostile country. I chose to use found linens collected from charity (or op shops, as they are known in Oz); as a way of creating easily identifiable artworks which draw the viewer in. These sort of textiles have a social 'memory', and as such they evoke certain thoughts and feelings in people. For my purposes these textiles acted as a metaphor for the traditional and domestic. I then chose to juxtapose the existing floral and 'cutesy' imagery with stitches of insects of various levels of toxicity. It was my hope to begin to tackle the well know but often irrational fear we have of insects through humour.
These works will be featured in the new HOOPLA (Art of unexpected embroidery) book which will be out in Autumn - where they have taken the form of a project anyone can do themselves. I am also in the process of finding a gallery to exhibit them on their own; rather than as part of a larger show (as they were in Australia).
Anyway enough guff, here are some pictures!
I would be interested in hearing your thoughts, and also any ideas for expansion of ideas. What things are you scared of invading your home?