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Elusive Tactility : Opening night, exhibition, & workshop by artist Holly O’Meehan

From Paper Mountain:

“Young local artist Holly O’Meehan’s exhibition Elusive Tactility loops together the physicality of crochet and ceramic to question the balance between art, craft, and design.

Her recent trip to India has inspired her latest collection. Each piece begins with the solidarity of the ceramic foundation; its strength governs the shape of the crochet. She compares her practise of crocheting to drawing with yarn as it follows the lines begun by the ceramic base. Her art is a meditation whereby her hands build the shape, allowing thoughts to flow freely through her mind. It’s also an experiment with two vastly different outcomes: the crochet yarn can be reused when the end result is unsatisfactory, the ceramic cannot. Her work plays upon the tension between the materials.

The resulting functionless vessels ask more questions than they answer in a whimsical dialectic between form and lack of function. Organic in their bodies, her creations reflect the structure of flora in her world, pieces of which she gathers in her daily journeys.

Growing up on a farm in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, Holly spent her childhood sifting through her mother’s craft studio. Now based in Fremantle, Holly’s current art practice explores the gentle honesty of the hand made as well as examining the stereotypes of Craft versus Art in contemporary society.

Holly graduated in 2013 with a BA in Fine Art and Art & Design from Curtin University, Perth. She has since developed her own art practice, exhibiting work in several group shows, art awards and participating in several residences across Western Australia and India.

Her exhibition opens 12 January, 6-8pm at Paper Mountain in Northbridge. A free artist talk is being held 13 January 1-2pm, which will be followed by a three-hour artist workshop from 2-5pm. The cost of the workshop is $50, plus booking fee. The exhibition will run until 28 January.

Find further details and book for the workshop through the Paper Mountain website: papermountain.org.au/whats-on/category/exhibitions/

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