Stitching Place

20 January – 14 February 2016
Residents Gallery, Montsalvat

Stitching Place contemplates the memories of being within visited places. Each work alludes to a ‘fleeting moment’, of both being there and being remembered later, and conveys this lingering effect through fractured shape and colour. Each stitched image is an intimate memory and object, often hinting at aspects of human presence through road signs, tents or fences within the bush, coast or open pastures.

Hand stitching is a focused way of making, creating private space around the concentrated attention of doing. The works are deliberately small and fragile, made on and for the interstices of the everyday, and stitched while on the train, with a cup of tea at the end of the day, or during a craft evening with friends.  In their use of recycled fabric offcuts they reflect what 70s feminist artist Miriam Shipiro might call ‘femmage’.  The idea of ‘place’ grounds the location of the memories and identifies the landscapes that occupy the works. 

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Catalogue essay 'Fractured Structure' by Penelope Aitken

Glen Forbes, midnight 2014 Cotton thread on linen 26 x 28cm

Glen Forbes, midnight 2014
Cotton thread on linen 26 x 28cm

Looking North, Venus Bay 2015 Cotton thread on linen 21 x 27cm

Looking North, Venus Bay 2015
Cotton thread on linen 21 x 27cm

Roadtrip to Melinda’s show 2015 Cotton thread on linen 17 x 20cm

Roadtrip to Melinda’s show 2015
Cotton thread on linen 17 x 20cm

Longridge 2014 Cotton thread on linen 15 x 17cm

Longridge 2014
Cotton thread on linen 15 x 17cm

Silverleaves 2014 Cotton thread on linen 15 x 17.5cm

Silverleaves 2014
Cotton thread on linen 15 x 17.5cm

Longridge, midnight 2015 Cotton thread on linen 22 x 26cm

Longridge, midnight 2015
Cotton thread on linen 22 x 26cm

Carpark, Venus Bay 2015 Cotton thread on linen 21 x 27cm

Carpark, Venus Bay 2015
Cotton thread on linen 21 x 27cm

Before bedtime, Venus Bay 2015 Cotton thread on linen 16 x 18cm

Before bedtime, Venus Bay 2015
Cotton thread on linen 16 x 18cm

Return to the farm III 2015 Cotton thread on denim 18 x 17cm

Return to the farm III 2015
Cotton thread on denim 18 x 17cm

Back of camp, Walkerville 2015 Cotton thread on linen 19 x 25cm

Back of camp, Walkerville 2015
Cotton thread on linen 19 x 25cm

Corridor view, Monty 2015 Cotton thread on linen 24.5 x 28cm

Corridor view, Monty 2015
Cotton thread on linen 24.5 x 28cm

Campfire eclipse, Glen Forbes 2015 Cotton thread on linen 19.5 x 21.5cm

Campfire eclipse, Glen Forbes 2015
Cotton thread on linen 19.5 x 21.5cm

Return to the farm 2015 Cotton thread on denim 20 x 17cm

Return to the farm 2015
Cotton thread on denim 20 x 17cm

Middle of the road 2014 Cotton thread on linen 22 x 22cm

Middle of the road 2014
Cotton thread on linen 22 x 22cm

Hot Chocolate, Penguin Parade 2015 Cotton thread on linen 16.5 x 18cm

Hot Chocolate, Penguin Parade 2015
Cotton thread on linen 16.5 x 18cm

Glen Forbes 2014 Cotton thread on linen 23 x 21cm

Glen Forbes 2014
Cotton thread on linen 23 x 21cm

Return to the farm II 2015 Cotton thread on denim 18 x 20.5cm

Return to the farm II 2015
Cotton thread on denim 18 x 20.5cm