Here is just a little cluster of the crafty words put together by Lisa Bryan Brown for the catalogue of the exhibition of Wild Remembering at Onespace Gallery.
“Wildernesses: Fabric and Form. A slick, iridescent substance bubbles away, seductively. Ghostly figures writhe in vivid blue expanse. Intricate, peculiar forms demand intimate inspection. The weight of something deeply spiritual hangs gently in the air. Wild Remembering brings together works by Emma Gardner, Claudia-Maria Luenig and Rachael Wellisch, three artists driven by their research into aspects of the human condition and united by their shared interests in contemporary textile practices. Each artist works with specific materials and techniques that carry with them particular significance, allowing the creation of meaning to occur through both process and form. Performativity and embodied practice are critically important to each, with the artist’s active body playing a fundamental role within each of their practices. It is the points at which their thematic concerns overlap, and those from which they diverge, that prove fertile for contemplative consideration. Grappling with their distinct but fundamentally existential concerns, Gardner, Luenig and Wellisch’s works are unified through shared themes of fluidity, nature and labour, key concepts that recur across each artist’s works. Individually however, each is preoccupied with their own specific investigations; Wellisch into the relationship between nature and culture; Gardner into the connections between self and nature; and Maria-Leunig into the boundaries between body and spirit.”
Lisa Bryan-Brown is an independent writer and curator working in Brisbane. She has published articles for Art Monthly and Freerange Journal, and essays for galleries including Sullivan and Strumpf, Griffith University Art Museum, Artisan, Seventh Gallery and MetroArts. She has published essays and curated group exhibitions for numerous Artist Run Initiatives and sits on the management committee for OuterSpace ARI.