09.05.03 - 01.06.03


 

holly story > landmarks

     
 

“Fancywork and Landmarks are both expressions of my ongoing exploration of the relationship between culture, place and identity.”
Holly Story April 2003


This exhibition by Holly Story combines two bodies of work, Landmarks and Fancywork, along with a small selection of new work.

When Holly first exhibited Fancywork, at John Curtin Gallery in 2000, it was accompanied by ten traditional heritage embroideries. By including them Holly wished to “acknowledge the creative impulse that has moved so many women (and some men) in differing walks of life and often in trying conditions, to participate in a time honoured ‘leisure’ activity that has received little serious critical attention outside the domestic crafts area.”

Holly studied hundreds of embroideries whilst researching the Fancywork project and finally selected just seven to enlarge and literally rework onto large printed photographic Australian landscape ‘backdrops’. She chose these embroidered designs for their iconic status in the fancywork tradition; for their personal associations; and to evoke a domestic and female perspective on the colonization of the Australian landscape in the actions and imagination of new (Anglo-European) arrivals. She stated that, “at the beginning of the project I assumed ‘the landscape’ to be a fairly passive background for the reception of the new embroidered imagery, but in fact it already carried the weight of European art history in my framing of it (the picturesque ‘view’, my adherence to certain rules of perspective) and a European presence was already evident in the botanical names of the species represented.”

In Landmarks, first shown at Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra in 2002, there is a move away from figurative, pictorial representation to a poetic evocation of ‘landscape’ as the site of intersection of physical, historical and emotional space. In this series Holly combines materials extracted from the land, such as resin and dyes made from native plants, with motifs from European textile history. She noted that “in both bodies of work, despite their apparent differences, land; culture; body and memory are combined to form an ecology of place.”

Holly arrived in Australia in 1971 and studied at Curtin University, finishing her post-graduate studies in Visual Arts in 1992. This is her fifth solo exhibition. Holly’s artworks can be found in many prestigious collections including the Art Gallery of WA, Curtin University, and the City of Fremantle.

 

*prices valid 2003

 
holly story
holly story
carrots
cotton thread + silkscreen on cotton twill
170 x 220cm
1999
$2000 SOLD
rose banksia
cotton thread + silkscreen on cotton twill
220 x 170cm
1999
$2000
SOLD
holly story
holly story
lion [detail]
cotton thread + silkscreen on cotton twill
170 x 220cm
1999
$2000
good morning
cotton thread + silkscreen on cotton twill
170 x 220cm
1999
$2000
SOLD
holly story
holly story
tuart cottage
cotton thread + silkscreen on cotton twill
220 x 170cm
1999
$2000
SOLD
dolly varden
cotton thread + silkscreen on cotton twill
170 x 220cm
1999
$2000
 
holly story
holly story
 
wattle
silk thread on plant dyed linen
19cm diametre
2003
$400
lichen
silk thread on plant dyed linen
19cm diametre
2003
$400
 
holly story
holly story
 
to ashes [detail]
balga ash, graphite + puffball dye on rag paper
96 x 32cm
2003
$650
SOLD
cold burn [detail]
balga ash, balga resin + puffball dye on rag paper
128 x 128cm
2003
$1800
 
holly story
holly story
 
white [summer]
burned stencils on bush dyed blanket + hand embroidery
167 x 189cm
2002
$1650
spring burn [detail]
burned stencils on bush dyed blanket + hand embroidery
126 x 208cm
2002
$1850
holly story
holly story
 
underfoot [red] [detail]
balga resin + puffball dye stencil on rag paper
93 x 63cm
2002
$1200

remnant
hand-stitched, plant dyed blanket with burned stencil
117 x 80cm
2002
$900

 
holly story
holly story
 
salt #1
salt + acrylic binder stencil on plant dyed blanket
132 x 92cm
2002
$1100
yellow
stencil puffball dye on rag paper, alum mordant
115 x 115cm
2002
$2000
 
holly story
holly story
 
salt #2
salt + acrylic binder stencil on plant dyed blanket
132 x 92cm
2002
$1100
landmark 2
balga resin + puffball dye stencil on rag paper
30 x 30cm
2002
$250 each
 
holly story
holly story
 
landmark 5
balga resin + puffball dye stencil on rag paper
30 x 30cm
2002
$250 each
landmark 6
balga resin + puffball dye stencil on rag paper
30 x 30cm
2002
$250 each
 

This page is an archived record of this exhibition. Prices are valid for the year of exhibition only.

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