MICHAELA SWAN: Whatever keeps you warm at night
Whatever keeps you warm at night is a new exhibition by Newcastle based fibre artist Michaela Swan. The exhibition was developed during her residency at the Glasshouse in October 2017.
Swan was raised in Laurieton on the Mid North Coast. During the residency Swan reconnected with childhood memories of her Father’s business in Earth Moving Machinery.
In this exhibition Swan creates a conversation between the found textile and the tradition of printmaking through the creation of large scale mono prints of a variety of mass-produced and handmade blankets. The prints were produce collaboratively with Swan’s father utilising road roller as the printing press.
Each work embraces the inherited properties of the textile article and relies upon the association made with items of comfort to acknowledge the shared relationship we all have with textiles. This is also referenced in the textile installation, a reinterpretation of her large arm knitted site specific installations- made from torn second-hand quilt covers.
Image credit: Michaela Swan, Woven Blanket Impression (Detail), 2017. Textile relief road roller print on Hahnemuhle paper, assisted by Bill Swan. 106 x 78cm.
A Glasshouse Regional Gallery Artist in Residency Project
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