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August at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC Sue Ferrari “Ebb and Flow”

August 3 - August 31

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Sue Ferrari is a visual artist from South West Victoria whose interest lies in examining inherited textile traditions and recognising the value in the rich history of domestic crafts. Through her work she shows the intimate and significant role that fabric and thread play in our lives and our history.  

Ferrari has developed a unique personal language using fabric and thread and produces work with multiple layered meanings exploring both cultural and personal experience.

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We are received in cloth, and we leave in cloth, it follows us from the cradle to the grave”.  I am inspired by the stories of these beginnings and endings, and the life in between using stitch as a means to express emotions of life, love, loss, concealment and hidden secrets all of which are encapsulated in my stitched, sewn and assembled works”. 

In her most recent works the ideas of preservation of skills and the environment have become a major focus.  Reflecting on the strong parallels between the loss of skills and knowledge and loss of important, fragile elements within our environment and how the ultimate fragility of our lives makes their preservation essentialThe work ‘Ebb and Flow’ created brings these ideas together though collaboration.

 

‘Ebb and Flow’ was originally created as part of an experimental collaboration at Off The Rails Gallery (http://offtherailsgallery.blogspot.com/) titled ‘Every drop counts’ with fellow artists Alison Eggleton and Phillip Ward. Inspired by Salt Creek in the town of Dunkeld, the installation centered on the element of water as a force which shapes the environment and explores traces of flow and saturation in the landscape.

The three artists coming together for the collaboration lived far apart so collaboration was always going to be tricky and to make it work it was decided they would meet on site to discuss the separate elements and how the elements would come together. With a shared vision and appreciation of each others skill and mastery they worked on their own element in their own studio. 

Ferrari has become accustomed to working in a solitary environment as she lives on the family dairy farm in far South Western Victoria – a long way from anywhere!  So in the far away studio with the shared vision in mind ‘Ebb and Flow’ was created using reclaimed woolen blankets, dyed with natural dyes from the eucalyptus leaves collected along the edge of Salt Creek when exploring the environment and finding inspiration. The piece is constructed using machine stitching, metal strapping and stainless steel cables.

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I saw it as an opportunity to work with other creatives and I took on the attitude you just don’t know what may materialise until you give it a try and all the best things seem to happen when I step outside of my comfort zone. I have found that working collaboratively with other artists whose concepts, knowledge and experience come from different genres and unrelated forms is a stimulating way to spark new ideas and different ways of working. 

Though you may not recognise it in the end result, all of this work came out of these creative collisions. Together we are able to draw on each other’s skills, experience and perspective to create a collaboration that unlocked many creative possibilities.

In 2007 on completion of a Diploma of Art in Studio Textiles and Design at South West Tafe Sue was the winner of the Peter Lucas Memorial Art Award. Producing a work titled A Mothers Apron Sue took out first place in the National Tertiary Art Prize for Sculpture in 2008.  Returning to study in 2010 Sue received an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art. Regularly showing in group and solo exhibitions and undertaking work on collaborative installations and community art projects, her work is held in private collections both here and overseas.

Sue currently teaches in the Centre for Creative Arts at South West Tafe Warrnambool in the Visual Arts program and takes specialised workshops on a regular basis and is a valued artist and educator in the Colac Otway Region and beyond.  

 www.sueferrari.com.au

Instagram@sueferrariart

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WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC is pleased to have Sue’s element ‘Ebb and Flow’ during August and to bring her passion for teaching and conversation through stitch with Notions of Darning and Mending: An invitation to a Sewing Circle on Saturday 11 August  2-4pm. Enquiries: windowspacebeeac@gmail.com

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August 3
End:
August 31
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BEEAC WINDOWSPACE
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BEEAC WINDOWSPACE
79 MAIN ST
Beeac, Victoria 3251 Australia
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97 Main St, Beeac VIC 3251, Australia

August at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC Sue Ferrari “Ebb and Flow”

97 Main St, Beeac VIC 3251, Australia