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The Semiotics of the Dress (Bendigo)

As a partner to The Wondering Project, I roadshowed my solo show The Semiotics of the Dress to Bendigo! Despite minor issues such as delayed baggage (ie. artwork!) at the airport, this was a very successful trial - it is possible to carefully pack painted dresses into suitcases and take them with you around Australia! Again, this show would not have been possible without the assistance of the lovely ladies from the Women Of Note community choir, who helped me set up the show and sit the gallery - thank you so much!

Shopping for a dress, 2019, found dresses on rack, hangers, journal, pen, evolving participatory artwork, dimensions variable

A younger participant in the artwork Shopping for a dress

Perusing the rack

Monica selects a dress

Installation view main room

The Semiotics of the Dress installation view smaller room - Sapphire blue formal dress (slashes), vintage wedding dress, Navy blue formal dress (shibori)

Navy blue formal dress (shibori), 2019, acrylic artist's paint on found homemade formal dress, 136 x 69 x 21cm approx.

Two journal entries (I felt), 2019, acrylic artist's paint and oil stick on silk dress fabric, 79 x 98 x 5cm

Sapphire blue formal dress (slashes), 2019, acrylic house paint and artist's paint on found formal dress, 159 x 64 x 22cm approx. The heating vent in the floor caused the dress to billow and dance in the gallery space

Untitled (silver shift dress), 2019, acrylic artist's paint on found dress, 92 x 52 x 9cm approx., exhibited with vintage cocktail dress

Vintage wedding dress, exhibited with Navy blue formal dress (shibori)

Historic Dudley House at 60 View Street, Bendigo

I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Dudley House stands, the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung people, and pay my respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging

Image credits: All photographs by Genevieve Memory unless stated otherwise

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