Textile

Teacosy Number 34, Bundoora Homestead

Public Description: 

Crafted from fabric, quilting, beads, silk and plastic, Teacosy Number 34, Bundoora Homestead is a tribute to former times when teacosies were a practical, yet highly decorative domestic accessory. The rich, luxurious colour shadings of burgundy and brown together with the use of hand embroidery techniques convey a sense of history and formality. A small plastic horse adorns the teacosy acknowledging Bundoora Homestead’s original use as a racehorse breeding stud led by the champion stallion Wallace, sired by Carbine, winner of the 1896 Melbourne Cup. The teacosy is embroidered on both sides with a swallow that appears prominently throughout Bundoora Homestead’s interior stained and painted glass scheme and the fabrics reflect some of the homestead’s original paint colours.

Tara Badcock is a Tasmanian based conceptual artist and designer working primarily with textiles. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections including the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and UNESCO’s Collection Permanent in Paris, France.

Teacosy Number 34, Bundoora Homestead © Tara Badcock

Lachesis

Public Description: 

In Lachesis, Georgina Cue reinterprets early 20th century police photographs depicting the sinister landscape of a crime scene where murder is committed or death is unexplained. In classical mythology, 'Lachesis' is that one of the three Fates who determines the length of the thread of life.

Employing a monochromatic palette, interspersed with dashes of colour, Cue’s process of thickly weaving the image into a lush, tactile surface eliminates visual cues or information provoking only pure sensation in the viewer. In doing so, this delicate work attempts to explore how artefacts of the everyday can become imbued with a heightened level of mystery as our attention is deferred onto the obsessively captured peripheral detail of the scene. Creating a quintessential noir effect through the intricate process of free-hand embroidery and stilled lighting illusion, Cue manipulates the perceptual experience of the viewer; a deliberate act to disorientate and query our understanding of reality.

Georgina Cue is an installation artist who examines the effects of light and time as a way to create immersive environments which traverse between the pictorial and physical, past and present, fictional and real. Her practice is diverse, encompassing large-scale installations which combine embroidery, woodcarving and set design. She has exhibited widely throughout Australia and her artwork is held in the National Gallery of Victoria and Artbank as well as private collections in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Lachesis © Georgina Cue