Two parts flower and White on shades of your light were selected as finalists in the Meroogal Women's Art Prize.
This non-acquisitive art prize was established to celebrate the creativity of female artists of NSW. The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize invites female artists to respond to the house museum’s history, stories and fascinating collection and to create artworks that reflect Meroogal’s rich history of house that was handed down through four generations of women from one local family.
182 entries were received with thirty-nine works by thirty-four finalists selected for exhibition in the house, garden and grounds of Meroogal from 20 September 2014 until 25 January 2015. Check out work by the finalists here.
Two Parts Flower combines quintessential features of Meroogal's domestic history, linoleum and cake tins. The floral motifs have been carefully extracted from discarded floor sheeting and set into and around two circular cake tins. These works blend the decorative and functional histories of two domestic artefacts and pay homage to the ingenuity of the Meroogal household and the women who lived there. Two Parts Flower quietly acknowledges the tradition of passing down recipes from one generation to the next and the vital role baking played in the everyday patterns of life at the home.
Two Parts Flower: Linoleum and cake tins: Part 1: 21.5cm diametre, Part 2: H40cm x W50cm
Craft forms an important part of our social history and has been used by women through time to collaborate, connect, and create community. The women of Meroogal crafted items for function and pleasure. White on Shades of your Light transforms discarded crochet placemats into a work that references these handicrafts. The crochet is starched before being cut into individual motifs, painted to reflect the colour scheme of the home and recombined. When presented as floating, almost touching shapes, the transformed motifs become reminiscent of the architectural features of Meroogal, particularly the wrought iron edged verandahs.
White on Shades of your Light: Acrylic paint on crochet: Each piece 33cm x 33cm