Ararat Regional Art Gallery made the decision to collect textile and fibre art and craft in the mid-1970s, they now hold the premier collection of textile and fibre art in Victoria, and arguably in Australia. In 1976 the gallery boldly asserted its leadership by acquiring Coraza en dos Colores by internationally acclaimed Columbian artist Olga de Amaral. This monumental fibre artwork is one of the most significant examples of the international fibre art movement in an Australian collection. The title Enmeshed acknowledges the multiple ways in which woven objects are made and the context in which they are made. We present a diverse selection of textile and fibre art works that track their evolution in Australia.
Enmeshed explores the ways artists use textile and fibre materials and techniques to push the boundaries of contemporary practice, from large textile works which soften public spaces, work which reference gender and cultural identity through the relationship of textiles to the body, through to innovative works that combine unconventional materials with reference to weaving traditions.
Enmeshed is a Horsham Regional Art Gallery exhibition presented in partnership with Ararat Regional Art Gallery.