Museum Musings: Planes & Enevelopes at UltraSuperNew Gallery
This March, UltraSuperNew Gallery is set to present Planes & Envelopes, a brand new exhibition by Hazel Lim and Ginette Chittick, brought together for the first time. Both artists are known for using simple materials such as yarn and paper to create woven artworks, primarily focusing on intersections of contemporary art, design and craft. Using pared down materials such as the kapok yarn and semi-translucent paper, they fashion them through intricate patterning to create large-scale objects that celebrate the versatility of the materials used and highlight their intrinsic forms, colours and materiality.
The exhibition’s title refers to the mountain and valley folds a weave makes, a modular pattern that can be permutated to produce a larger object. Ginette’s simple kapok cotton and wool blend is hand spun to fabricate a series of tapestries, and transformed into collage with other materials such as wood. Hazel, on the other hand, folds modularly made coloured pieces of paper repeatedly, joining them in an interlocking pattern to form larger, malleable pieces of sculptural forms that interact with light and shadows.
This act of repetitive weaving proves vital to both artists in carving out their own personal space, untainted by other distractions, yet reflecting a ritualistic and meditative energy, echoing the unseen labour and detailed hand work that females in many cultures engage in: weaving, embroidery, knitting, quilting, crocheting, tapestries, origami and basket weaving.
In a joint statement on the exhibition, both artists state: “As two individuals whose professional practices are placed at opposite ends of the visual arts spectrum – Design and Fine Arts, our own artistic practices meet somewhere in the middle with the craft of weaving. This commonality led us to come together to question the place of our practices within the intersections of contemporary art, design and craft. Craft or “being crafty” is commonly devalued in the fields of Design and Fine Arts. We would like to bring into view a technique that is traditionally employed by females whose heritage and cultures are embedded in the craft practices.”
Planes and Envelopes runs from 21st March to 14th April 2019 at the UltraSuperNew Gallery, 109 Rowell Road. Admission is free. For more information, visit their website here