Meg Viney

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This article was written on 07 Jan 2012, and is filled under Artworks.

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Heaven on a String

When I retired from teaching, there was a glorious sense of freedom, I was unfettered as a kite. Simultaneously I was invited to exhibit at Art Affairs Gallery in Melbourne, and this series is the result.

Marie Geissler, reviewed the exhibition:

‘Viney’s work picks up on the incorporeal qualities of spirituality suggested by the movement of kites and the experience of watching them. Her constructions in raw materials were exquisitely made as miniature kite forms enclosed in box frames. Tripartite, they consist of a flattened earthed component, a leaf of handmade paper, a gold thread that linked each paper sheet to an aerial form itself. Each aerial form was fashioned to resemble a kite, which embodied symbolically a feeling of ethereal spirit. This was conveyed by cloud-like, cigar-shaped or corrugated wave-form objects, made from soft white felt or feathers. Unearthly in appearance they glowed with an incandescent luminescence against the stark, black background of their boxed exteriors.’

Image 1: CRANES IN FLIGHT (Shibori on cotton, felt, kozo paper, sea grass, mollusk)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 2: FLIGHT OVER AUSTRALIA (felt, silk, copper thread, feather)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 3: A LEAF IN THE WIND (felt, silk thread, copper thread, feather)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 4: ALOFT IN A BOX, (felt, silk, feather, gold thread)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 5: WINDBLOWN BEAUTY (silk dyes on silk organza, felt, silk, feather)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 6: VAMPIRE (felt (alpaca), paper (red hot poker) gold thread, feather)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 7: PARAFOIL PARODY (Shibori on silk, felt, gold thread, feather)
200 x 200 x 200

Image 8: PARAFOIL KITE (felt, paper (red hot poker), gold thread
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 9: FLUTTERING BY (felt, silk, copper thread, feather)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 10: A ROSE ARISEN (felt, silk organza, silk satin, silk thread, feather)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 11: BONNIE’S KITE (Shibori on felt, ikat on cotton thread (woven), silk, feather)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

Image 12: JAPANESE CARP WINDSOCKS (Shibori on silk, hand-drawn stencil on silk satin, sea grass, mollusc shell)
200 x 200 x 200 mm

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