If you can’t make it to the opening night, the exhibition will run until the 31st of August as part of the SALA Festival and can be viewed Monday to Friday 1 pm–5 pm at Lifeflow Meditation Centre, admission is free.
About the Exhibition
Exploring the discord between traditional forms of handcraft and contemporary concerns, from the cataclysm of climate change to the notion of liminality and transitory states, the textile works presented in this exhibition examine pressing contemporary issues and observations through an objective and interpretive lens.
Having worked as an embroidery teacher/designer and a designer/maker, both artists embody a shared interest in the current global landscape and social fabric, through a shared knowledge of embroidery and rug making techniques. Previously these techniques were primarily employed to represent highly traditional subjects. There is a sense of comfort involved in these techniques, coupled with a strong feeling of nostalgia. The world in 2021 is not the same as it was in 1921 or even 1721 when many of these techniques were practiced, mainly by women, for the purpose of decoration and one could argue, to reinforce their domestic role.
This exhibition aims to jar the viewer out of that sense of comfort and make them rethink the nostalgia, reframe the view and reshape the future. Reflecting on the past year where the world as we knew it slowed or stopped, time and place became intangible as our collective mindset grappled with the realisation that we were no longer in the world we once knew, nor on the path we thought we were traveling. We are betwixt and between. We are in liminal space.
It is easy to highlight these issues and observations using modern methods, however, this allows the public to fall back on the traditional in order to escape from the fear and rest in a form of denial. Pull the Rug : Liminal Space seeks to close that avenue of escape and provide an opportunity to experience the quality of ambiguity, to question the states of existence and to redefine the boundaries of identity in this pivotal transitory period in time.
About the Artists
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Pull the Rug: LIMINAL SPACE