Reaching for the Moon (as far as the eye can see) vintage curtains, thread, metal,
mineral pigments, makeup, paint, rock, light, 280 x 160 x 110cm
Gazing through a domestic lens our understanding of the world beyond is both revealed and concealed through ebbs and flows of knowledge. Reaching for the Moon reflects upon the complexities of our interrelationships with spaces and how cultural and social perspectives transform our experience of place.
Vintage curtains and their metaphorical associations with the discarded, the everyday, the body and gender are utilised to investigate the phenomena of viewpoint. Constructive and destructive making traditions examine tensions between the visible and the felt, interior and exterior space, social realities and romantic ideals that influence our perception and knowledge of our worlds.
The moon is often cast as a cultural mirror upon which we project notions of hope, aspirational dreams, escape, utopia, spirituality, quests for discovery or a desire for universal conquest. It’s a talisman that connects us all but we also experience it differently, depending on our cultural and social veiwpoint. Gazing upwards at the sky our concept of the moon never wanders too far from the worlds we know best.
Suzanne Davey Exhale, fabric, resin, thread, steel 140cm x 60cm x 60cm
Exhale featured in SEED STITCH Contemporary Textiles, an exhibtion curated by distinguished artist Soraya Abidin. Exhaleaims to investigate moments in-between: between our conscious and unconscious states and the interior and exterior spaces we exist in as we navigate the the whirl of known and unknown factors in our contemporary world.
Recieving the Betty Stirton award. From left Artist and SEED STITCH curator Soraya Abidin, Betty Stirtons neice, Betty Stirton OAM and Suzanne Davey
I was thrilled to win the Betty Stirton Award! Betty Stirton OAM dedicated herself to textile education as a TAFE teacher for 35 years.