Made of Holes

Made of Holes by Lucy Irvine

Made of Holes
Lucy Irvine

DESIGN Canberra Festival

Main Gallery > 2 November – 16 December 2018

Opening night > 6pm Tuesday 20 November 2018

This large-scale woven sculpture pushes the materials and techniques that Lucy Irvine has been exploring for over a decade. Lucy repurposes utilitarian materials, transforming our aesthetic experience of those materials into something tactile, sensual and unexpected, through the process of weaving. She is interested in materials that function as part of the unseen fabric of our lives. In Made of Holes, irrigation piping and cable ties are woven over a welded steel frame. The complexity of this piece was not designed or programmed, it emerged in the making, stitch by stitch. Through her current practice-led PhD at the Australian National University, Lucy frames her weaving as a system through which both form and ideas emerge. This particular work considers how we might approach things that are yet unknown, such as where there are holes in our knowledge and new terrain to travel.

Made of Holes and its accompanying community collaboration, Wayforming, offer a local voice in conversation with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s installation Namako (an ephemeral architecture project on Aspen Island commissioned for this year’s DESIGN Canberra Festival 2018). In this context, the artist shares a material-based exploration of knowledge making, and asks: in designing for space and place, what can be learnt from responsive, intuitive methods generated by the body as much as the mind?

Lucy’s work has been included in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, as part of Hobart’s Dark Mofo Festival and the national touring Tamworth Textile Triennial. In 2016, Lucy was selected to represent Australia at the 15th International Triennial of Tapestry at the Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, Poland. Increasingly her work has been commissioned for public spaces, such as Canberra Airport, Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne and Lyne Park in Sydney.