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.
Suzanne Davey, The Echo of Invisible Things, clothing, resin, paint, 240cm x 60cm x 60cm
The Echo of Invisible Thingsis a memorial column, dedicated to human fragility and vulnerability. It is a response to contemporary narratives ofabuse, homelessness, abandonment and neglect by public institutions. The work uses a a classic architectural element to reference institutions such as churches, temples, museums, theatres and government. Clothing is utilised as a social and cultural signifier of identity, memory and our psychological ties with others. The clothes are traces of the bodies that once wore them, mementos to individual and collective lived experiences; an echo of tragedy.
Installed in Rookwood Cemetery the work references memorial and funerary architecture such as chapels, arches, churches and temples.
Above: Clothing detail, Suzanne Davey, The Echo of Invisible Things, clothing, resin, paint, 240cm x 60cm x 60cm