EXHIBITIONS / Sera Waters CavernLight

09.09.2011 to 08.10.2011

Sera Waters' exhibition CavernLight includes a series of embroidery based works, both wall hanging and freestanding sculptures. Displaying her refined needlework skills, the works incorporate diverse materials including lace, woollen pom poms and contact.


Her imagery conjures up Australiana souvenirs and historical events while presenting them as stories recorded in a family album. Gold nuggets, first fleet ships and bunny rabbits combine to look at what has come to this continent, and what this means for our identity.


In 2006, Waters was awarded a scholarship to study embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (UK) and critic Nerina Dunt was enthused by the way she 'freely and contemporaneously uses crafts stereotypically assigned to an aged and gendered territory occupied by nannas.' ('Craft'n Disaster: Sera Waters' by Nerina Dunt in Object, October 2009).

Dark Doilies 2010 by Sera Waters

Dark Doilies  2010

Sera Waters

wool, crewel, cotton, trim, lace

dimensions variable

Family Album #3: Golden moments + Abandoned homes 2010 by Sera Waters

Family Album #3: Golden moments + Abandoned homes  2010

Sera Waters

card, fabric, cotton, wool, crewel, glow in the dark cotton, beads, stuffing, lace, trims

dimensions variable

Family Album #4: burrowing bunny 2010 by Sera Waters

Family Album #4: burrowing bunny  2010

Sera Waters

card, fabric, cotton, wool, crewel, glow in the dark cotton, beads, stuffing, lace, trims

dimensions variable

Family Album #5: etiquette of Government House + hulk of ghosts (flags: dangerous goods on board) 2010 by Sera Waters

Family Album #5: etiquette of Government House + hulk of ghosts (flags: dangerous goods on board)  2010

Sera Waters

card, fabric, cotton, wool, crewel, glow in the dark cotton, beads, stuffing, lace, trims

dimensions variable

Family Album #6: Journey through the badlands with wild animals and lucky limbs 2011 by Sera Waters

Family Album #6: Journey through the badlands with wild animals and lucky limbs  2011

Sera Waters

card, fabric, cotton, wool, crewel, glow in the dark cotton, beads, stuffing, lace, trims

dimensions variable

Family Album 1: Warning 1857 (Von Guerard’s Stony Rises and the setting of the sun) + cone of stone 2010 by Sera Waters

Family Album 1: Warning 1857 (Von Guerard’s Stony Rises and the setting of the sun) + cone of stone  2010

Sera Waters

card, fabric, cotton, wool, crewel, glow in the dark wool, beads, stuffing, lace, trims

variable

Great Australian Bite: Cavernous 2011 by Sera Waters

Great Australian Bite: Cavernous  2011

Sera Waters

Linen, cotton, crewel, beads, sequins, trimmings, chain, card, stuffing, leather, tea-towel, felt

approximately 64 x 65 cm

Great Australian Bite: Gums 2011 by Sera Waters

Great Australian Bite: Gums  2011

Sera Waters

linen, cotton, crewel, beads, sequins, trimmings, chain, card, stuffing, leather, tea-towel, felt

approximately 55 x 50 cm

Nightlight: Eureka 2010 by Sera Waters

Nightlight: Eureka  2010

Sera Waters

card, contact, cotton, beads, nightlight

approximately 25 x 25 cm

Nightlight: Forlorn Pine 2010 by Sera Waters

Nightlight: Forlorn Pine  2010

Sera Waters

card, contact, cotton, beads, nightlight

approximately 60 x 40 cm

Nightlight: Golden Sunset 2010 by Sera Waters

Nightlight: Golden Sunset  2010

Sera Waters

card, contact, wool, cotton, nightlight

approximately 50 x 30 cm