9 December 2021 > 30 January 2022
Tuesday to Sunday - 11AM > 4PM

This group exhibition, curated by Alojz Babic, explores the lockdown experience through the work of three artists working with textiles. The works explore the physical and psychological impacts of being confined. Babic has focussed on textiles as they evoke deep rooted associations with domesticity and intimacy.

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IMAGE > [Top] Hernan Lopera, Confined, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE > Zoom call, 2021 Image courtesy of Alojz Babic.
IMAGE [Below] > Neroli Henderson, Covidiots, 2021, giclee print on silk (artist’s image), Egyptian cotton and polyester threads. 90 x 110 x 0.5 cm.

By setting the parameters of the pandemic into a choice between health and wealth; it subsequently renders people voiceless to the reality of a far more complicated paradigm. The length of Melbourne’s lockdowns not only give people time to think, but also an acute awareness of the unspoken by-products ... The rise in domestic violence, undiagnosed health issues, anxiety and ongoing uncertainty is unchecked...
Alojz Babic, 2021

Neroli Henderson

Neroli Henderson is an Australian textile artist living in St Kilda. Often described as an Artivist, she creates poignant artworks designed to challenge ingrained thoughts on topical issues, equality, and social change. A spinal injury altered her abilities and after attending a quilting exhibition her love of stitch began. From that point, the artist developed her unique style and has been compelled to use it to highlight injustice in the world.

Henderson’s work is in private and commercial collections worldwide, she regularly exhibits internationally and has won awards at home and abroad.

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IMAGE > Neroli Henderson, Confinement, 2019, giclée print on silk (artist’s image), cotton and polyester threads with foiled edging, 105 x 100 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

IMAGE > Hernan Lopera, Raskolninkov, 2021.
Image courtesy of the artist.

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Hernan Lopera

Hernan Lopera's sculptures explore bodily representation using mouldings of his own body and drapery. His practice explores the creation of spectres in order to visualise the unspeakable. The making of the sculptures is a physically painful process for the artist as it involves the use of heated wax.

Lopera has exhibited extensively through Melbourne and continues to work as a photographer.

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Kate Sylvester

Kate V M Sylvester works primarily with re-cycled t-shirts. Each one is meticulously unwoven or de-threaded by hand to reveal the masses of fabric used in each garment. The intricate web of warp and weft reveals the true quality of the fabric, creating a new malleable textile that transcends fashion as utilitarian function into the realm of conceptual art.

Sylvester's work has been included in numerous group shows and festivals across Victoria, including the Melbourne Fashion Festival [2017], the Ian Potter Museum of Art and at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery [2016]. Sylvester also maintains an independent curatorial practice. 

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IMAGE > Kate V M Sylvester, R U OK Rose all day, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist

IMAGE > Portrait of Alojz Babic, 2021. Image courtesy of Daniel Gardeazabal.

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Alojz Babic

Alojz Babic began his curatorial experience as an intern at the National Gallery of Victoria. He then continued his practice with a number of group shows at both public and private art spaces. These experiences have shaped his resolve to provide opportunities for local artists and to explore current contemporary concerns. Coming from a fashion design background, Babic specialises in textiles.