Louise Saxton: Sanctuary too

Melbourne based Louise Saxton is one of the few artists ever honoured to hold their first solo exhibition in a highly esteemed institution such as Heide Museum of Modern Art. Gould Galleries is proud to present Saxton’s first commercial exhibition which will include works from the Heide show together with new works, all of which are now presented framed for conservation and hanging.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gould Galleries in Australia.
From Wednesday 01 May 2013 to Wednesday 12 June 2013
Launch Saturday 04 May 2013, 3-5.30pm

Right Place Wrong Time 2011 – after Maria Sibylla Merian, c.1700    image Madeira’s Lyre 2010 – after John William Lewin, c.1815  
 image Going to Jackson 2012 – after George Raper, 1791   image Ellis’ Paradise 2011 – after Ellis Rowan, 1917    image Queen Billie 2010 – after Sarah Stone, 1790   image Lucy’s Kite 2011 – after John James Audubon, 1829   image 	
Flaming Flamingo 2011 – after John James Audubon, 1838   image Last Gasp 2013 – after Maria Sibylla Merian, c.1670  image Major Tom 2010 - After John & Elizabeth Gould, c.1848   image Halcyone & Ceyx 2010 – after Lilian Medland, c.1930   image Black Prince 2011 – after Louisa Anne Meredith, 1850  image Maria’s Saturn 2011 – after Maria Sibylla Merian, c.1700   image Carolina on my Mind 2011 – after John James A image Laugh out Loud 2012 – after Anthony Alder c1890   image Elvis (Rhinoceros Hornbill skull)  2011 image Midas 2012 (Green-sea turtle skull)   image Queen Billie #2 (King Parrot skull)  2011 image Weep  2009 image

Published by Gould Galleries on Wednesday 01 May 2013.
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Saxton has reinvented the rare art of needlework. Referencing early colonial painters, her’s is a brilliant and unique depiction of Australian and other flora and fauna. Saxton elevates this medium to a new level, employing delicate materials to create exquisite contemporary art.
Rob Gould, Director, Gould Galleries

Melbourne based Louise Saxton is one of the few artists ever honoured to hold their first solo exhibition in a highly esteemed institution such as Heide Museum of Modern Art. Gould Galleries is proud to present Saxton’s first commercial exhibition which will include works from the Heide show together with new works, all of which are now presented framed for conservation and hanging.

Saxton’s work is constructed solely from discarded needlework, pinned meticulously to nylon tulle, which in itself adds a wonderful element to the compositions. These elaborate and luminescent artworks present vulnerability in nature, domestic traditions, and consistently draw upon the ‘home’ – the major reference point in her practice.

Needlework was instilled in Saxton as a child, with various traditions passed down from her mother’s family. Throughout the generations good behaviour was rewarded with the materials required for keeping this important family tradition alive. Today Saxton has contemporarily appropriated this specialised art form to reflect the fragility and beauty of nature; drawing strong parallels between the technique and subject matter.

Since 2007 I have collected, extracted and reconfigured the discarded needlework of others, into large shallow-space installations. The works in Sanctuary are also made from the textiles of bygone eras: doilies, tablecloths and bed linen. Gleaned on regular visits to opportunity shops and second-hand markets, or donated by friends and family, the painstakingly produced domestic objects have become part of our throw-away culture. While discarded by others, for me they have come to represent a silent collaboration between myself as the one who salvages and reconstructs; the original historical artists (some of whom are largely unknown or forgotten); and countless anonymous needle-workers.
Louise Saxton

Saxton graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (1994) and holds a Masters of Visual Arts from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy (2003). Her awards include the Arts Victoria Arts Development Grant for Sanctuary, the Australian High Commission, the City of Yarra Acquisitive Art Award and the Sir Ian Potter Foundation Art Award.

Saxton’s reclaimed textile works remind us of the necessity of constantly observing and re-evaluating the world around us – from the minute textile remnant to the fragile forest.
Jason Smith, Director & CEO, Heide Museum of Modern Art