Monday, 9 March 2020

There’s still time to see Perth contemporary textile artist Vicki Ames’ solo exhibition Memento at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM), with the exhibition on show until Sunday, March 15.

A trained textile artist at London’s Goldsmiths University, Ames has worked in Western Australia for 25 years, and CASM visitors will discover her interest in the urban setting and specifically the visual language of architectural facades.

Her works, Inside out - the Gallery 2019 and Outside in - the Gallery 2019 consist of layers of hand-dyed and hand-stitched fabric worked to echo the archway form and hint at long gone secrets.

Ames’ particular interested in ephemeral surface qualities and what they reveal about the past in the contemporary period are reflected in her hand-painted and stitched works Ungrammered Limestone Rulz and Insane.

“It is a process of the re-possession of ephemera, which have a history and are experienced as a patina or accretion of changes in physical appearances, as traces or marks, which they have left behind,” Ames said.

The use of colour is central to Ames’ process, and includes dyeing, fabric painting, hand embroidery and shibori methods of resist dyeing. Shibori is one of the oldest Japanese dyeing techniques, with fabrics dating back to the eighth century.

Ames has made several visits to Japan, specifically to Nagoya (Arimatsu) Tokyo and Kyoto, working with local artisans, and has applied her experiences to current ongoing work.

She is keenly aware of the poignancy attendant with the passage of time and the cycle of birth and decay, which becomes an agent of transformation through the aesthetic experience of craft-making.

Her hand stitching work is meticulous and precise, reflecting the craftsmanship and skill of traditional domestic embroidery infused with her personal contemporary application.

Ames’ work has been exhibited regularly across Australia, with examples held private and public collections including Goldsmiths’ College, NMTAFE Art Collection, Perth and Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria and private collectors.

Memento can be viewed at CASM until March 15, with opening hours from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm at 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah.