That Was Then: This Is Now
Jane Bodnaruk collaborates with women of the past by preserving and extending the meaning of domestically produced and utilised colourful embroideries. For the exhibition That was Then: This is Now, Jane has reused tray cloths as her raw canvas, using plain stitching to immortalise everyday phrases and activities of the coronavirus pandemic.
The domestic space of the family home is protected by the impenetrability of its ‘four walls’. During the pandemic, the walls became penetrated as never before. There was an intensity of public information bombarding our private spaces as teachers, colleagues, friends and news arrived via the internet. At the same time, details of life in the background of our domestic spaces flowed outwards.
We performed activities devised on a global scale and practiced on a domestic scale. This exhibition is an immersive and flowing document of an event lived substantially in the isolation of our homes.
Details: Wednesday 12 October – Sunday 23 October, Wednesdays – Fridays 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 2pm.
Opening event Thursday 13 October from 6pm. Register here
Artist Talk Saturday 15 October 12-2pm. For more information and to register here
Initial Stitches Workshop Sunday 16 October from 12pm. For information and to register here
Closing event Sunday 23 October at 12pm. For information and to register here
Free event, Fibre Arts, Installation, Textiles
Top Images (l-r): Jane Bodnaruk, Panic (detail), 2022. Photo: Janet Tavener. Jane Bodnaruk, Ruby Princess, 2022. Photo: Janet Tavener.