Alojz Babic, Amaya Iturri, lynn mowson, Ema Shin & Bronwyn Watson

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Selvedge: An Art Exhibition for VAMFF

This exhibition examines fashion through the lens of consumption. It features 5 female contemporary artists: Amaya Iturri, lynn mowson, Caroline Phillips, Ema Shin & Bronwyn Watson.

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In this exhibition each of the artists hones in on a personal aspect of the process in fashion consumption. The works are personal narratives of the complicity that each artists has been exposed to and just as the mediums differ, so too are the acute works that unpack this theme.

Although it is part of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, funds are needed to pay for venue, printing and catering. The audience is far broader for the artists due to the festival’s platform. It will be exhibited from 13 – 19th Mar 2017 at Space at Collins.

This exhibition is imperative as despite the rise of fashion exhibitions in art institutions, very few go beyond the creations of couturiers. This exhibition highlights the fact that audience engagement of fashion exhibitions stems from their own complicity in fashion consumption. All of the artists bring their own personal narrative and want to share with an alternative audience who may not normally hear their voice through their works.

Donations will be used primarily to pay for venue hire and the costs of staging such an event with registration, insurance, security and catering. In addition, there are costs involved with the printing of catalogues and flyers. Most of the other costs have been absorbed by the curator and artists and this is the reason we implore you to generously donate to the cause and receive a tax deduction.

Alojz Babic
Alojz Babic completed his internship in 2015 at the National Gallery of Victoria under the mentorship of Ted Gott. His research examined Degas’ masterpiece ‘Cotton Office’ through the lens of men’s fashion. More recently, he curated ‘Tributaries’ for the ACU gallery highlighting works by their former graduates. In the upcoming exhibition ‘Selvedge’ for Melbourne Fashion Festival, he curates the works of four female contemporary artists who delve into the theme of fashion consumption.

Amaya Iturri
With artworks held in private and public spaces across Europe and Australia, Amaya’s work is a metaphysical exploration of the complicated kaleidoscope of the human being.
The works have an emphasis on multiple forms and boldness on colour and subject, she aims to find a balance between figurative and abstraction -with recognition that both are attributes of nature – fractals that are indivisible parts of the whole.

Lynn Mowson
Lynn Mowson is a practicing sculptor whose work predominantly focuses on the human and non-human animal body. Working in latex and wax, her sculpture pushes at the boundaries of species concepts and investigates the fragility of the body. Her work has recently featured in the exhibition and book: ‘The Art of the Animal’.

Ema Shin
Ema Shin is a Melbourne based Japanese artist who has studied historical Japanese woodblock printing in Japan. At the exhibition “Selvedge” she will exhibit her current mixed media works made from fabric, paper, water base woodblock prints and embroidery that encourage us to reinterpret the natural and human effected environment in which we live.

Bronwyn Watson
Bronwyn Watson is an emerging Melbourne based visual artist who works primarily with photography to talk about identity and the internet. Since graduating with Honours in her Bachelor of Visual Art and Design at ACU she’s exhibited works around Melbourne and was shortlisted for the 2016 MAMA National Photography Prize.

Caroline Phillips
Caroline Phillips is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her materially based works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, First Draft Gallery, Sydney, the Cité International des Arts, Paris, Slade School of Art, London and at OCAD University, Toronto.

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