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Hear Me Roar
Hear Me Roar! brings together a group of women who interact with language and textiles in an interplay that demands their voices be heard. The functional roles of textiles are usually unspoken. Yet here through written text, women instead push the boundaries of so-called traditional textiles to make both personal and social statements.
Each transforms the medium’s gendered, traditionally domestic role and reclaims her chosen fabric; from wool, calico and velvet, to tapestry and silk ribbon woven through plastic mats. Through incorporating text, these women’s voices are visually represented boldly in a way that makes what they have to say impossible to ignore.
Unsubtle and unapologetic, this exhibition rejects a patriarchal understanding of femininity from times’ past, embracing the ever-changing and broadening notion of what it means to be a woman today. Text and language become the very fabric of representation.
Curated by Maddie Gifford, Hear Me Roar! features the work of Arielle Walker, Deborah Rundle, Natasha Matila-Smith, Serene Timoteo and Salome Tanuvasa.
Image (detail): Natasha Matila-Smith, My Sweetheart the Drunk, 2018, Spray paint on velveteen, 2000mm H x 1500mm W. Photograph by Sam Hartnett, courtesy St Paul Street Gallery.