According to Chance
27 June – 22 July 2018
Opening night Wednesday 27 June 6-8pm
The principle guiding my work is the belief that chance events open up opportunities of discovery. The chance event of a glitch, an error in a structured system, has been rendered in needlepoint tapestry with wool on canvas in an attempt to stabilise its ‘intrusion’ through aesthetic re-interpretation.
The same image has been used throughout this series, which originated in a computer glitch of one of my works. This was then screen printed and cut into 9 cm squares to provide the template for individual tapestries. Compositionally, chance changes the relationship of components on an unconscious level, with the outcome differing from that of a considered composition.
The process of needlepoint is labour intensive and contradicts the essence of chance and the glitch. Each individual stitch represents a pixel from digital imagery, bringing the digital and analogue together. We are in perpetual motion in an age of digital information, quickly moving to the next image or piece of information. Perhaps the tapestry will give the viewer reason to slow down, ponder for a moment the time taken to build up the work in contrast to the instantaneous digital breaking down of the glitch.
Sarah Edmondson is an emerging artist currently completing her Masters of Fine Art at National Art School, Sydney. She was a finalist in Stills: National Still Life Award 2017, receiving a judge’s commendation. Edmondson graduated with a BFA, Distinction from the University of Newcastle in 2014. She was highly commended several times during her undergraduate degree and was a finalist twice in the Gosford Art Prize. Edmondson presented a solo exhibition at Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, in 2013, and has been included in various group exhibitions since 2014.
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Image: Sarah Edmondson, c5/1, 2018, wool on canvas needlepoint tapestry, 33.6 x 33.6 cm, framed