Saturday, 13 May 2017

seek :: a textiles exhibition and curated retail event by Gabriella Tagliapietra




New directions - blending my studio practice and production wares to create these artworks that celebrate all I love about nature. I feel this is the beginning of the process, the experimentation as I am already developing new ideas on how to execute these artworks differently.

In February this year I had my first solo exhibition. Held at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, responding to their 2017 exhibition theme of 'animals'.

Exhibition Statement:

It was from interactions with nature from a young age that the great outdoors became a central part of my life. I am constantly seeking out places of unspoilt beauty to immerse myself in... I find great comfort in the solitude and majesty of such places and see an endless source of artistic inspiration in our native flora and fauna. 

A passionate animal rights advocate, the subject matter of animal rights and ethics is limitless as it crosses over to domestic animal welfare, factory farming, animal testing, live export, racing, hunting and generally the exploitation, harm and mistreatment of animals in any way, shape or form. My work aims to depict the peace and tranquility of animals fortunate enough to exist in their natural environment - even if these are within urban backyards - referencing my belief that all animals deserve the right to exist without experiencing exploitation, harm or cruelty from humans. To see all the images from the exhibition visit my flickr photostream.

seek:

attempt to find

When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable, and to the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter the swamp as a sacred place – a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow of Nature.
- Henry David Thoreau -
desire to obtain
The wooing of the Earth thus implies much more than converting the wilderness into humanised environments. It means also preserving natural environments in which to experience mysteries transcending daily life and from which to recapture, in a Proustian kind of remembrance, the awareness of the cosmic forces that have shaped humankind.
- Rene Dubos -
to go to
Up in this high air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands, you woke up in the morning and thought: “Here I am, where I ought to be.”
- Isak Dinesen -

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