Needlepoint West by Jessie Deane
‘I love living in the west but hate breathing the air. I love the urban landscape and the shapes and colours, but hate the hum of traffic. I love the view from the bridge but always remember the tragedy that has befallen it. I love the excitement of a refinery evacuation alarm but feel terrified that one day it might not be a practice drill. I love the ships but hate the trucks. I love the piles of containers on ships and on land. I’m fascinated that wherever you go in the western suburbs, the Newport Power Station’s three red stripes can always be seen.’ – Jessie Deane
Jessie Deane threads together over half a million colourful stitches to create Needlepoint West, a portrait in tapestry of Melbourne’s inner West.
Through the use of iconic urban/industrial imagery rendered in thread, Needlepoint West is an ode to the artist’s home turf.
Contrast, colour and texture, intricacy and monotony, are key themes of this work. Photography and thread are combined to create tapestry images featuring the familiar landmarks of Melbourne’s west: Westgate Bridge, Yarraville Terminal, Altona Refinery and stacks of colourful containers.
Needlepoint West subverts the domestic medium of needlepoint to explore imagery in stark contrast to the domestic, culminating in a vibrant collision of craft and industry.
OPENING: 6pm – 8pm Thursday 7 November
ARTIST TALK: 2pm – 3pm Sunday 17 November. Facilitated by Clare Williamson, Senior Exhibitions Curator, Collection Interpretation State Library of Victoria
EXHIBITION: 8 November – 1 December
VENUE: Roslyn Smorgon Gallery
Image: Yarraville Terminal by Jessie Deane. Photographed by Amanda James.
Produced by Jessie Deane in association with Footscray Community Arts Centre, as part of Big West Festival.