"a tracing of thread" Exhibition by Shaelene Murray
Stanley Street Gallery is excited to exhibit new work from 2013 Wynne Prize finalist Shaelene Murray. In this series she traverses history, experience and nostalgia, and questions conventional ideas of gender and society. Constructed of household items and industrial steel cloth, these works are stitched, threaded and embroidered to create imaginary creatures and the elaborate costumes and accessories of traditional femininity. Using a humorous interpretation of Darwin's theories as a point of departure, Murray examines traditional assumptions of gender, unravelling and reworking the threads, both metaphorical and real, that weave together history and biography.
These extraordinary pieces play with paradox, using the cold strength of steel to evoke the softness of a delicate ball gown. Shaelene Murray studied at Sydney College of the Arts and has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, in ceramics, glass and steel. Stanley Street Gallery is a fabulous new gallery showing a diverse range of emerging and established artists in a beautiful contemporary space on Darlinghurst. The gallery is run by two artists, Merilyn Bailey and Liza Feeney.
A Tracing of Thread runs from 17 April to 11 May, 2013, and we look forward to seeing you there.