Intertwined 9 Group
Textile Based Mixed Media
Sally’s work explores place and the relationship that we have with place. As a collage artist she uses a variety of media combining fabric, photos, maps, text and various printmaking techniques. She uses machine and hand stitch to draw, bind and link. Sally’s art practice has evolved from working predominantly in textiles to working with a combination of media drawn together by her love of stitch.
“I have always had a fascination with the needle, the magic power of the needle. The needle is used to repair the damages. It’s a claim to forgiveness”
quote from Louise Bourgeois
Lost and Found
Found objects, most of which were picked up from the footpaths around Chapel St. How many of these items would not have been lost if a needle and thread had been used to mend?
Why were the printed and embroidered fantasy scenes stitched by women while life was filled with duty to the family and housekeeping? Why are the black faces given blue eyes?
I am influenced by my surroundings. My garden and the bushland near my home present me with many images for inspiration.
With a large scale format, and using hand stitching on layers of cotton and silk fabrics, I have tried to interpret some of the subtle relationships between colours and shapes that exist in my garden …. a large view of small things !
About my work
Changes this year have brought with them new routines and habits. The artwork is simply bringing together these changes. The coffee and gum instillation utilises the elements that sustain me during study, and that would have other wise been discarded. Stitching together these items is a great break from the sitting in front of a computer or reading research papers. The random stitching is light and chaotic, yet the repeated pattern of the circle and strip provides contained regularity. These are frivolous pieces to be played with and shifted around the wall to create new waves of movement.
The second group of vessels links to my previous work on containers. With this work I was playing around with the fragile paper from patterns and the effect of over under stitching to create shape from the original to dimensional form.
My work for this exhibition is based on a ‘Over’ seas holiday to visit my Daughter. I have created ‘Travel Trees’ which will be the beginning of a new body of work – a way to document my life’s journey where ever it might take me. I have a fascination for trees – their variety of shape and colour and how they change with the seasons are a constant source of inspiration for me.
“I have been pondering eucalypts for a long time now – planting them,
admiring them, learning their names, discovering their history, drawing them
and creating work about them. It’s a salient thought that without them we
will will poorer but without us they will and do thrive. In homage to them
and their resilience is my work for this exhibition for the viewer to ponder
as I do.”