Deb Mansfield exhibition at Chapter House Lane
Titled: Softening (or break the legs of what I want to happen), a selection of oceanic photo-tapestries by Australian artist Deb Mansfield was exhibited at Chapter House Lane, Melbourne, from 6 November 2014 to 4 January 2015.
An Associate Lecturer in the University of Newcastle's (UON) School of Creative Arts, Deb Mansfield's works presented in Softening (or break the legs of what I want to happen) are photo-tapestries, mechanically woven from photographs of the Bay of Fires in Tasmania and the Breakwater in Mansfield's home of Newcastle.
Document of: 'Bay of Fires Ocean' (2014) Photo-tapestry, 150cm x 120cm, Edition of 5
Having grown up on the east coast of Australia, artist Deb Mansfield often returns to these geographies, the coastline and tides through her art practice. Steering clear of surf icons and bronzed mythologies, Mansfield's work looks at 'in-between spaces' such as the littoral shoreline, which is neither ocean nor land, but a curious space between the two.
Creating the tapestries involves multiple techniques, bringing together a negative, digital image, textiles and weaving machine. The resulting artworks are the sum of all of these elements, while singularly none of them, occupying their own unique 'in-between' form.