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posted on 2021-11-29, 00:00 authored by Shelley HanniganShelley Hannigan
Selve-age

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Alternative title

a solo exhibition by Shelley Hannigan

Language

eng

Research statement

Background: Textile, fibre arts and other related art of women and indigenous peoples, has historically not been taken seriously in the western artworld. In recent years it has increasingly become more ‘accepted’ and ‘recognised’ but this still has some way to go. Practice led research in this area is broadening as an ‘expanded field. Whilst drawing processes are well documented, textile making processes that involve manual, technical processes of knitting and weaving fine threads and wires to create sculptural drawing, are not well documented. The Hepburn Shire invited proposals for an exhibition at The Esmond Gallery. This exhibition responds with a body of artworks based on a continuum of women’s (including my own ancestors') work, in different place contexts in this western region of Victoria. Contribution: This research is embodied drawing on epigenetics and knowledge of ancestral practices of knitting and imagery. The bodily experiences of creating this art are felt in my bones and muscles. Created in a region of Australian that I have been adapting to as a migrant for the past twenty-five years, my creative process has been one of ‘place making’ and forming an identity with this new environment (that I have now come to call home). The imagery in these artworks, emerges from the ochre dusty earth I observe, the copper underground I am aware of, the histories and herstories I read about and the gold fields and Kanawinki regions I regularly visit. I am interested in the depictions of women in the histories of these places. Significance: Set in the goldfields and western region of Victoria, this research develops and presents works that gather the threads of my and other’s histories/herstories. This work adds to the recognition and value of ‘women’s art making practices’ which have, in the past, not been taken seriously enough or given the respect of the unique aesthetic born from materiality, that they deserve.

Publication classification

JC4 Curated Exhibition or Event – Other

Scale

NTRO Other

Extent

colour photographs, illustrated and written catalogue

Event

Selve-age

Publisher

Shelley Hannigan

Place of publication

Clunes, Vic.

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