OPEN HOUSE: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial 2017

Exhibition curated by Glenn Barkley

Artists:  Sally Blake, John Brooks, GhostNets Australia, Gomeroi gaaynggal ArtsHealth Program, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Nyoongar Doll Makers Community Arts Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stok, Meredith Woolnough

Tamworth Regional Art Gallery

13th October – 10 December, 2017

Curator’s essay


Work included:

Inherited Borders, 2017

Galvanised wire and wire mesh

2800 mm x 1800 mm

Patterns, behaviours, modes of existing and of seeing the world are often acquired from the family that surrounds us – a way of being that links us to the past, generating identity and providing a cultural barrier of distinction. However, new environments can alter these distinctions, where borders fragment, morph and shift, creating a redefined space. Inherited Borders translates to wire a traditional Norwegian embroidery technique called Hardanger. It reveals how defensiveness can be intertwined with invitation and allure, and heritage maintained through adaptation. Additionally, the work demonstrates the reality of cultural borders – barriers that can be both simultaneously permeable and impermeable, rigid and malleable.






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