STRANGE FRUIT

My tapestries are usually observations of life around me, sometimes serious, sometimes not…

A couple of years ago in late autumn I planted some heritage tomato seedlings, and other tomatoes spouted from the compost. These plants produced a crop of tomatoes that amazed me with their variety of colour and shape. When ripe I placed them on a blue plate with a few home-grown chillies. I found myself taking numerous photos of them, my fingers were itching, so the next obvious step was to weave them. This I started me on a series of works based on my vegetable garden, and the idea kept growing…

With some encouragement from Neon Parlour this exhibition has expanded from just the veggie patch into a bigger backyard complete with a shed space and swimming pool area, each theme having its own room.

The ‘Shed’ series came about after helping my parents downsize their possessions prior to moving to a retirement village. I desired my father’s Sidchrome toolset, when I stated this I was informed that my elder brother would be getting it. After being a bit discouraged by this fact, I decided that I could weave my own. I realised that I liked the neatness, organisation of the tools and the nice red of the metal box, whereas my brother would use the tools then in time hand the set down to one of his sons. After a while I also started to look into my partners shed…

The beautiful blues of swimming pools have always been attracted me with a variety of colours, shades, reflections and water patterns. The ‘Pool Hose’ series was the result of observing that every time I walked past the pool in a Fremantle backyard the hose was making a different but equally interesting pattern that reminded me of calligraphy strokes. The 4 long tapestries with word and numbers in the side border are a reflection of observing swimming pools in the Northern Territory, they must have all been made to a building code as they had the same fencing, tile and brick edging, but with a variation of colour. (The numbers and script relate to the date, the location and the temperature.)

 

Strange Fruit #1               2016     10 x 21 cm       $595

Strange Fruit #2               2016     10 x 18 cm       $595

Strange Fruit #3        2016        10 x 20 cm         $595

Strange Fruit #4          2016      10 x 17 cm         $550

Strange Fruit #5          2016      10 x 20 cm         $550

Strange Fruit #6          2016      25 x 25 cm         $795

Citrus #1          2016      10 x 19 cm         $525

Citrus #2          2016      10 x 19 cm         $525

Chillies Red          2016      14 x 10 cm         $500

Chillies Blue          2016      14 x 10 cm         $500

Chillies Mixed          2017      25 x 25 cm         Sold

Pomegranates #1          2017      10 x 23 cm        Sold

Pomegranates #2          2017      10 x 23 cm        Sold

Pumpkins #1          2017      10 x 30 cm        Sold

Pumpkins #2          2017      10 x 30 cm        $550

Garlic #1          2017      10 x 30 cm        $550

Garlic #2          2017      10 x 30 cm        Sold

Eggplant #1          2017      10 x 18 cm        Sold

Eggplant #2          2017      10 x 18 cm        Sold

Rainbow Chard          2017      25 x 25 cm        Sold

Beans          2017      25 x 25 cm        Sold

Strawberries #1          2018      10 x 20 cm        Sold

Strawberries #2          2017     10 x 20 cm        Sold

My Toolset          2010     43 x 55 x 3.5 cm        $2,950

Socket Set          2010     14 x 20 cm        $550

Boxed drill bits          2010     14 x 20 cm        $550

Bits n Pieces          2011     29 x 36 cm        $1,550

Mulcher          2012     20 x 14 cm        $550

Lawnmower          2012     14 x 20 cm        Sold

Vacuum Mulcher          2012     14 x 20 cm        $550

Steps             2014        15 x 20 cm        $550

Deep End             2014        15 x 20 cm        $550

Pool Hose #2     2013   15 x 20 cm          $550

Pool Hose #3         2014        15 x 20 cm      $550

Pool Hose #4     2014     15 x 20 cm         $550

15.10.13, Alice Springs, 35     2015     21 x 10 cm          $595

16.10.13, Uluru, 36         2015      21 x 10 cm          $595

18.10.13, Kings Canyon, 38     2015     21 x 10 cm          $595

20.10.13, Alice Springs, 40          2015     21 x 10 cm         $595