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