2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial
Gosford Regional Gallery
10 January to 22 March 2015.
Group Exhange: 2nd Tamworth
Group Exchange presents the extraordinary work that has emerged from this enquiry. In questioning what collaboration can mean for their practice artists have engaged in a dynamic creative dialogue and have demonstrated to us how new work and meaning emerges from relationship and exchange.
In this Textile Triennial, collaboration has opened up many and varied interpretations of the theme.
Each artist has provided unique insights through their rich and diverse experience and introduced us to new original ways of viewing practice.
In a unique one off playful experiment in July 2013 all the artists were flown to Tamworth to meet each other at the start of the brief.
The experience has been a highlight for the artists and has contributed to an illuminating Group Exchange.
Works acquired from
Tamworth Textile Triennial
Belinda von Mengersen
The Dusting Cloth
A dusting cloth is located in a landscape of memory between the past and the present. Cloth is particularly apt at being able to carry an entropic metaphor–to represent fragile remnants...
Cloth can be completely impregnated and ultimately transformed by the ephemeral and insidious qualities of dust, for dust is matter caught between states. Dust signifies the entropy of life and cloth, and the inevitable disintegration of both. The cloths of my childhood are embedded
with the matter and dust of clay, flour, soil, ash, lanolin and salt.
There is an innate, tacit and quite haptic tension between the processes of making, erasure, unmaking
Where methods of print, stitch, pleating, tacking,
camouflage, unpicking and re-stitching evolve and
are re-woven into a palimpsest of compressed
layers. Allowing a consideration of what is told
and untold; remembered and forgotten or entirely
re-written within the folds of the story.
These layers of paper and cloth are bound with
stitch as a visual representation of quilts made
for charity at the turn of the century when the
Dictionary of Needlework recommended the use
of shredded paper for the padding because it ‘is
very insusceptible to atmospheric influences’.
The stitches mimic language, as rows of text and a kind of sound-line; they are breaking down and imperfect acting, like a ‘fermata’ or extended pause within a musical score; leaving a trail of needle-holes in the paper. By opening up the grid
of the cloth you force it to
re-align it-self poetically
Framework, ( detail) 2011
Materials: enamelled copper wire, stainless steel wool yarn
Dimensions: Three pieces, two 50 h x 40 w x 40 d cm, one 60h x 50 w x 40 d cm. Tamworth Regional Gallery Fibre Textile Collection. Image Lou Farina.
Belinda von Mengersen
Summer Hill, Sydney, NSW
The Dusting Cloth, 2011
Materials: Silk voile, silk organza, cotton, rice paper, interfacing,
direct digital print, paper, camel hair, alpaca fleece, and silk,
cotton, and linen thread.
Dimensions: 100 h x 150 w x 0.5 d cm. Tamworth Regional Gallery Fibre Textile Collection. Image Lou Farina