Altered States 2017 Members Exhibition has just opened at the Perth Town Hall showing until 23rd September.
Members were given the challenge to make a small art piece using the contents of a bag of stuff. Numbered bags were allocated on receipt of entry to the challenge. Most of the contents of each bag are very similar as you see below.In addition, each bag had a piece of op shop clothing. My bag had this black dress, complete with plastic rhinestones!There were only two rules:
1. Use a little or a lot of everything in the bag,
2. The final piece to be a maximum of 30cm x 30cm (2D) or 30cm x 30cm x 30cm (3D).
It has been fun, and also quite challenging for many of us to work with materials and colours that we wouldn’t normally consider. Some amazing ideas and works have resulted. My work is below. I’ve dyes and painted many of the items in the bag. You can see more of the works on the Altered States facebook page It is well worth a visit to the exhibition!Title: Trappings
Artist Statement: Known or imagined, recycled and preloved fabrics have an air of mystery, a previous belonging. This thick, black, stretchy, polyester fabric however, feels void of a story. Is it just part of the trappings of consumerism? Set to be among the never worn, never decomposing clothing destined for land fill.
Techniques: Hand Dyed, Coiled, Machine & Hand Stitch