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Arabella Strachan: Soft Touch

When

23 June - 17 July

Where

St Heliers Street Gallery

Cost

Free

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When

23 June - 17 July

Where

St Heliers Street Gallery

Cost

Free

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This series of patchworks is a playful experiment with colour and texture, informed by the earth’s visual texture and colour when seen from above. Inspired by aerial views of the landscape and recent vision of lava flows in Iceland, coastlines and salt lakes, as well as areas that have been farmed, burned or mined.

Making sense of our impact in shaping the earth, then creating imagined sculpted textile surfaces that react to that strange beauty in both the broken and natural land formations. In this age of great human industry and intervention in the ‘Anthropocene’ we are coming to terms with our role in climate change and our impact on the surface of the earth. These created landscapes are soft and friendly versions of, which in actuality may be scarred and fragmented beyond recognition, but still, have some strange fascination and beauty.

About

Arabella is a textile and fiber based artist living in Melbourne, with a textile and fashion design background. Growing up in the Steiner system, Arabella had an early introduction into many craft techniques.

Working with a rug tufting machine she has embraced this tool for its use in creating dimensional and sculptural soft surfaces that have the feel of painting and sculpting with yarn and yield many interesting textures. Her inspiration comes from the landscape, the natural world and macro and micro worlds all around.

Craft based art has always been a passion and she happily connects to this tradition of generations of women making and crafting in her family.

Access

St Heliers Street Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Gendered toilets are available within the Convent Building. Accessible and gender-neutral toilets are available at other locations within the Abbotsford Convent Precinct.

Please also see the Convent’s COVID Safe Plan here.