When:Opening 2pm Saturday 2 May 2020, until 28th May 2020
Nola Archer – Jane Bodnaruk – Kelcie Bryant-Duguid – Carolyn Cabena –
Pam de Groot – Jennifer Florey – Desdemona Foster – Jess Forster – Cathie Griffin – Fiona Hammond – Margo-Lynne Lee – Denise Lithgow – Brenda Livermore –
Helen MacRitchie – Mandy McAlister – Robyn McGrath – Samantha Tannous –
Kirry Toose – Elaine Witton
“Narrative is one of the most powerful tools for perceiving the human condition”.
Narrative lost and found, Michael Mason, This Land Press, 2010
Since 2014, the artists of ‘untethered’ have been working together as a collective of like-minded creatives who have chosen to push, prod and manipulate traditionally accepted boundaries of fibre-based arts practice. For each exhibition over the last 5 years, the artists have produced works that delight, engage, and quite often awe their audiences by the sheer inventiveness and skilled confidence exercised in creating the pieces.
For Found Narrative, each artist was challenged to re-imagine a work they had previously exhibited over the last 5 years, to respond to and extend the original concept into new works, reinterpreting and reconceptualising the original materials and techniques used. They were not bound by my curatorial selection but rather were to see this as a reference point which could be used or abandoned once a new path had been found……The end result is that the works created for Found Narrative display a particular sense of boldness in the use of materials, illustrating the artists’ willingness to tackle translating complex ideas into intricate yet accessible works.
Found narrative does not imply that narrative has been lost, but rather that narrative has been discovered, come upon, re-visioned, glimpsed.
Each artist has taken that thread – that glimpse – to weave a new narrative that speaks their own unique visual language.
About Untethered Fibre Artists Inc.
Untethered’s ethos of creative support for one another fosters an environment in which members are encouraged to grow as artists, creatively and professionally, and has as its basis a shared love and passion for textile. What sets untethered apart from other creative circles is its emphasis on working towards a rigorous exhibition schedule, and all that exhibiting works entails (mindfulness toward display, consideration of the audience, variations in gallery spaces). The necessity of this tandem operating procedure has not diminished the creativity of the artists or the visual-often visceral-impact of their works; rather, it underpins their exhibitions, allowing the works, unencumbered by irksome unconsidered elements, to be on display.
Text by Jacqueline Schultze
Curator of Found Narrative