The Great Alone

Starlie Geikie

Art Exhibition previously on at Gertrude Contemporary in Australia. Published by anonymous on Wednesday 19 September 2007. Friday 22 June 2007 to Saturday 21 July 2007.

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Geikie’s new sculptural installation in Studio 12 continues her explorations of the gendered world of embroidery and quilting while drawing parallels with formalist abstraction.

Geikie’s practice typically deconstructs the parameters that divide these art forms, revealing concerns shared by both. These include the creation of emotional immediacy and the activation of psychological space. In her most recent works she has been exploring the relationship between formalism and the body, creating tessellated ponchos and quilts that operate as physical structures.
In this installation Geikie further articulates the overlap between formalism and ‘craft art’‚ by presenting fragments of a ‘quilt’‚ constructed with a myriad of coloured wooden tiles that demarcate the exhibition space. With each wooden ‘patch’‚ in the ‘quilt’‚ arranged on the floor, the installation guides the viewer’s movement through the space formulating their experience of the work.