Helen Fraser

Hung Out to Dry

  • Line, Thread, Vintage Organza, Vintage Doily, Found Wire, Wax, Shisha Mirrors.
  • 26 x 13 x 0.5 cm
  • AU$280.00
  • Helen Fraser

I found this wire a few years ago when I was exploring the idea of woven wire. Through my research into Frontier Wars, I got to thinking about how wire fences could represent colonisation in some way. Then, for this show an idea popped into my head that I could create a work hanging from the wire, especially when there in an agricultural theme. This work came together quickly using woven line fabric and found organza from my fabric stash. A doiley covered with wax adorns the front along with square Shisha Mirrors again referencing the Square and the Circle as symbols of Transformation. I named this work while reflecting on those who lived in The Dust Bowl in the mid-west USA in the 1930s who had been led to Homesteading by the Government and seduced by a time of heavy rains. When the drought hit they were 'hung out to dry' so to speak and many lost their lives. 250,000 people fled the plains for a better life.

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