Thread West (Serial Stitcher)
Two years of serial stitching have resulted in this labour of love that pays tender homage to Melbourne’s western suburbs. Through the use of iconic urban/industrial imagery rendered in jubilant coloured thread, this is Jessie Deane’s ode to her beloved home turf amongst the semi-industrial urban ecology of Melbourne’s inner west — a landscape now in the midst of seismic gentrification and transformation.
Walk in and around Deane’s needlepoint canvases where she explores her contradictory personality exposing both order and chaos. One side is neat, precise and contained, the other, messy and chaotic. Contrast, colour and texture, intricacy and monotony, are key themes of this work.
Jessie Deane subverts the domestic medium of needlepoint to explore dichotomies between the heavy-duty and the hand-made; between hard, cold and rigid industrial materials and the warm malleability of cotton thread; between the ‘masculine’ world of heavy industry and the feminine’ world of craft.
“My work captures, in thread, the richness I find in the decaying urban facades and streetscapes of Melbourne’s west. Stitch-by-stitch, in vibrant colour, I recreate these abandoned, fading or forgotten structures that are for me, objects of beauty.”
— Jessie Deane
OPENING: Thursday 29 September, 6pm – 8pm
EXHIBITION: Friday 30 September – Saturday 12 November
VENUE: FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery
Presented as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016.
1- Stolt Ship (detail), Front , 2016, Jessie Deane
2- Stolt Ship (detail), Back, 2016, Jessie Deane