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Immortal Coils
 
Our existence, surpassing each lifespan, runs immortal. Our actions, seemingly cyclic, eventually fall from the coil. 
 
Immortal Coils is a construct that explores our being as individuals that are inherently intertwined and interwoven into a layer, a meshing, of a collective immortal existence. A weave that not only encapsulates us, and gives us mass in immortality, but one that also invents and reinvents our means of existence… we search for simple, we invent, we refine, we reinvent, we search for simple, we… a cycle of repetitive weave, a repeated coil, meshed within us. 
 
Though we like to think it, we are not immortal, and a coil, unlike a circle, needs to ultimately end. This, our last looks at our Immortal Coil, shows the strain. The wefts become weave and seemingly drips from the initial concentric ideal. The lives once united begin breaking through, discarded as detritus from a mechanism seemingly stitched of a world where resources are infinite. A darker tapestry now remains, one where wealth, politics, exploitation and desiccation only leaves the bones of rational thought. 
 
We can mend the tapestry, uniting with a clearer goal over questionable consumption. We can reclaim our unity, appreciating the mix of all and not discarding the jetsam, so as to combine as single pearls. Ultimately, we may even be able to extend our coils of existence. 

Processes & materials: 
Materials I have used are: 
• Cotton & Italian Tulle 
• 3D printed componentry (bones) 
• Pearl beads 
• Plastic 
• On mount 
Processes are: 
• Traditional stitching techniques (machine and hand-sewn) 
• CAD drawing to produce 3D print files 
• Crotchet 
• Hand-sewn Beading 
• Weaving and knotting 

for more on group exhibition: Tensions - Tamworth Textile Triennial 2020

Tamworth Textile Triennial 2014

Currently on display within Mosman Art Gallery, NSW 10 Oct. - 6 December 2020

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photo credit: (top right) Pam Brown

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 National Tour Dates:  
Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW 1 August – 20 September 2020 
 Mosman Art Gallery, NSW 10 October - 6 December 2020 
 Manning Regional Gallery, NSW 18 December 2020 – 14 February 2021 
 Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, NSW 5 March – 2 May 2021 
 ArtSpace MacKay, QLD 28 May – 18 July 2021 
 Artisan, QLD 24 July – 5 September 2021 
 Craft ACT : Craft & Design Centre, ACT 18 September – 31 October 2021 
 Wangaratta Regional Gallery, VIC 20 November 2021 – 13 February 2021 
 Monington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC 11 March– 15 May 2022 
 Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia), VIC 21 May - 26 July 2021 
 Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW 5 August – 23 October 2022

iNTERVIEWS:

Older news:
Group Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial
Group Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, ABC
2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial
Raven 
The curator talks about my work BioVat - youtube
The Group Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial exhibition toured various regional galleries across Australia over a 2 year period and images of each artist's concept designs were included in a beautiful art book.
Tamworth Textile Triennial - Group Exchange hardcover book


INTERVIEW with Joe Pitcher & TextileArtist.org

The Art life: New Work Friday #130

Conversations with the makers with Glenys Mann from FIBRE ARTS AUSTRALIA

pechakucha

BIOVAT displayed within the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial 2014 
BioVat , 2014
BioVat is the future of genetically mutated Animal product. The work aims to demonstrate the simplicity of disconnect by displaying a sculpture of a beast, a commodity, a scientifically modified outcome, as well as a living being. Science and design are currently collaborating to produce alternative future solutions for sustainable food production. This may one day become the research animal, the food source, we need not associate with, or even think about, as it's worth is limited to market value and demand. Does BioVat represent the future of commercially productive animals? A commodity worth its weight in gold! A future where animals are bred for convenience, to be manipulated, mutated and transformed into heavier, leaner, docile and generally an unflawed source of specifically designed organic materials. Will we finally, emotionally, be removed from the current 'farm Animal' collective? Tail docking, castration, dehorning, beak trimming and other practices all without anaesthetic or pain relief- could this become animal husbandry history. There would be no need to ship beasts to faraway lands, far enough away to disengage our own values of humane care and sensibilities. For the most part, we might only concern ourselves with our own needs and desires; living our own lives, getting the children to school, getting to work on time and paying our mounting bills.
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