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JANIE MATTHEWS

Artist's Statement

By looking beyond the surface and exploring these marks it may be possible to catch glimpses of another time or place. To be privy to the erosion and sedimentation of the landscape or life.

There is a strong, historic, link between textiles and human-ness.  Although many ideas of intellect discount the possibility of knowledge being gained through the body, textiles can be a deeply resonant medium and the language of fabric, thread and stitch can often speak more intensely than words. This work echoes the landscape and reflects ideas of deterioration, weathering and change as evidence of the passage of time. 


Incrustation Rust printed cotton. Machine and hand stitched five pieces, 190 x 55

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Selected Exhibitions:

1999       Presiding Officer's Acquisitive Craft Prize, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

1998    City of Perth Craft Award, Craftwest Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.

1998    Lace for Fashion Award, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

1998       Folding, an exhibition of works in fibre, Textile Exchange Project. Touring nationally and internationally until 2000.

1997    City of Perth Craft Award, Craftwest Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.

1996    City of Perth Craft Award, Craftwest Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.

1996       Hatched, Healthway National Graduate Show 96, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australia.

Selected Prizes, Awards, Grants:

1999        Australia Council funding to attend International Shibori Symposium in Santiago, Chile.

1998    Finalist, Lace for Fashion Award, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, New South Wales

1997    Open Award of Excellence, City of Perth Craft Award, Craftwest Gallery, Perth

1995    Neville Stanley Studentship.  Department of Trade and Commerce, Western Australia.

Curator's Statement

Like finding faces in clouds, Janie Matthew's rust prints provide an open range for the inquiring eye. To capture these random patterns, Matthews has developed a version of photography. After being sandwiched by steel in an acetic marinade, the cloth is 'fixed' in an alkaline rinse, which itself is rinsed in mild vinegar. It is the very imprecision of water as a medium for conveying the form of steel that gives these works their subtle beauty.
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