Anna Fiedler ‘Security Blanket’ Exhibition
Schoolhouse Studios presents:
‘’Security Blanket’ by Anna Fiedler
Thursday 11th April 2019 – Thursday 25th April 2019
Opening event: Thursday 11th April 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition open Mon – Fri 9am to 3pm daily
By preserving these weavings I am freezing moments of making. My textiles become encapsulated and protected from the outside world. I do not rely on the strength of the cloth but quite the opposite, the work indulges in the spaces between the woven threads, lose functionality and become fragile, as something to be looked at but not used. They are tactile as you can see the handiwork and imperfections in every row of thread, the labour is made beautiful in it’s repetition. There is nothing to hide as the process, the mistakes, the gaps, the threads, all become one. These visual shields accentuate the fragile form by turning these frail pieces into strong structures. They are frozen in time, comfortable in the past and the present.
Anna’s practice utilises the process of weaving to remove the boundaries surrounding traditional craft making. Objects are created to become something no longer recognisable as a classic weaving; attempting to re-deduce their fixity between both craft and new materialism.
Through an expanded fibre practice, her works also address how women are seen through their practice of making. In size, the works often respond to the loom they were made on. This idea of a relationship between woman and loom is substantiated through the melodic and calming process of making the weavings. These works find their criticality within this process, softening differences between process and outcome. Her fragile works explore preservation and to encapsulate their history and ancient methods. By using stocking thread, a material which, aside from its connection to women’s fashion, has a material quality of a second skin or a visual shield. To re-use this veiling material, her weavings consider an artificiality or unnaturalness.
Schoolhouse Studios acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which Schoolhouse Studios resides, and respectfully acknowledges Elders, both past, present and future of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded.