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Catching Breath | Australian Tapestry Workshop & the Australian High Commission in Singapore.

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2015 marks the 50th year of independence for Singapore. Catching Breath, commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is exhibited at the the Australian High Commissioner’s Residence to celebrate Singapore’s bilateral relationship with Australia.

Catching Breath, invokes questions about the meaning of identity, culture and social values.

Bhakti Puvanenthiran’s review published in The Age is accessible here.

Catching Breath is a veiled portrait of a seemingly unknown subject. The act and presence of the veil is well known to conceal or represent faith, culture and social values. In Catching Breath the veiled subject peers through the veil with eyes clearly focused on the outside. This eye communication catches our attention, our breath as we decided whether or not to lift the subjects’ veil, to reveal the unknown.

The original portrait is from the artist Brook Andrew’s archive of rare books, postcards and paraphernalia. This archive is an active medium that is massaged into the artist museum installations and exhibitions. In this case Catching Breath is well hidden below the veil of time, though one can lift it if they dare, dare to reveal the past, the curiosity, the known and unknown, the mystery.

This design will be woven in two parts – on the left loom the tapestry will be woven, and the veil on the right loom. Both these parts will be woven with the same palette, however the veil will be a thinner shaped piece, woven with a even weave (warp and weft visible in even amounts) and in a technique similar to cloth weaving. The veil will be woven with a visible black warp specially dyed at the Workshop and silver Lurex thread will be used.

Proudly supported by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this project will be the latest addition to our Embassy Tapestry Program and will be going on loan to the Australian High Commission in Singapore.

Brook Andrew and Chris Cochius gave a talk about the making of Catching Breath on the 25th of August 2014, to watch the talk click here.

Text: Australian Tapestry Workshop

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Written by brookandrew

February 17, 2015 at 4:43 AM

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