Lucas Grogan and Sera Waters in ‘Slipstitch’ Regional Touring Exhibition


Slipstitch a touring exhibition curated by Dr. Belinda von Mengersen has arrived at Latrobe Regional Gallery. Featuring the work of Lucas Grogan and Sera Waters, Slipstitch considers the growing pursuit of figurative embroidery in contemporary art. Giving reference to embroidery as a traditional tool for autobiographical story telling the exhibition includes a diverse group of emerging and established artists.

“In recent years contemporary artists in Australia have embraced embroidery for its capacity for poignant and reflective narrative. The re-emergence of embroidery is part of a broader questioning of the hierarchy of materials that has gained momentum since the 1990s. Embroidered objects have often been read literally and relegated within a domestic framework. These new contemporary works break down preconceptions by exploring what embroidery can become once it transcends the regularity of pattern and decoration. Historically, embroidery like the Bayeux Tapestry, was used as a tool for personal or political narratives. Slipstitch aims to introduce a contemporary audience to the capacity of embroidery for drawing and communication in this mode.”

This exhibition has been touring regionally since 2015 and will open in Bendigo on the 28th of May and run till the 26th of June you can find out more about this exhibition here.

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Image: Sera Waters, The Great Australian Bite: Gums, 2011, linen, cotton, crewel, breads, sequins, trimmings, chain, card, stuffing, leather, tea-towel and felt, 54 x 61 x 3 cm

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Image: Lucas Grogan, The Universe Quilt 2013, cotton thread on laminated cotton cloth, 200 x 175 cm