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Material Matters

Material Matters is the culmination of Artist Kay S Lawrence’s PhD research into the use of ‘women’s work’ and digital technologies to address global ecological and social issues.

At the heart of the exhibition and the Artist’s research is the exploration of ‘women’s work’ - needlework techniques and other textile techniques (m)aligned with females, including embroidery, knitting, crochet, and binding - and the inherent materiality of these mediums beyond their obvious aesthetic attributes.

The exhibition artworks and installations created from found objects, handmade textiles, and digital photography are tactile and engaging. Material Matters reflects on the process, meanings and potential strength contained in textile traditions and processes, being aware of textile tropes and the potential for making meaning through their disruption.

By merging the history, materiality and sensuality of textiles with the advances of digital technology, this exhibition offers a rich language for self-expression and contemplation. Notions of impermanence, contingency and the fragility of our natural environment are also addressed. Digital mediums function as lines of communication which are woven together, like threads, to connect the subject and viewer.

Many of the works in Material Matters evolved from artist residencies at Geidai University, Tokyo; Red Gate Gallery in Beijing; Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, Peel Island; Crane Arts, Philadelphia; Sandavinci School of Art and Design in Aimoto, Japan, and Contemporary Yunnan in Kunming, China.

Material Matters is a touring exhibition in partnership between Kay S Lawrence and Museums & Galleries Queensland. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

About the Artist

Interview between Louise Martin-Chew and artist, Kay S Lawrence.
Commissioned by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This video has been captioned.

Studying part time while working as an accountant, Kay S Lawrence obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours in 2009, with majors in Visual Culture and Sculpture & Intermedia. She then commenced a research doctorate full time and was awarded her PhD in November 2014 from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Kay S Lawrence has had an active history of exhibiting both within Australia and internationally. During April of 2015 she commenced a residency at ANU, Canberra and has recently completed a residency in Iceland.

Tour Dates 2016

Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 7 September - 30 September 2016

Childers Art Space, QLD: 13 December 2016 - 6 February 2017 

Tour Dates 2017

Surat on Balonne Gallery, QLD: 18 February - 26 March 2017

Gallery 107 @ Dalby, QLD: 22 May - 15 July 2017

Matthew Flinders Gallery, Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, QLD: 8 August - 7 September 2017

Redcliffe Art Gallery, QLD: 3 November - 2 December 2017

Tour Dates 2018

Texas Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 6 January - 17 February 2018

Redland Art Gallery, QLD: 1 June - 15 July 2018


Banner image above: Kay S Lawrence, (Wo)mangrove, 2014. Driftwood, knitted yarn, 185 x 130 x 60 cm. Photo: Joachim Froese.

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