IMAGE above: Kate Just,  Feminist Fan in Japan Uniform (in Action) , 2016 Digital Type C Print, 60 x 40cm

IMAGE above: Kate Just, Feminist Fan in Japan Uniform (in Action), 2016 Digital Type C Print, 60 x 40cm


10 MAY 2016

Hero Worship, Craft's May exhibition, is focused on personal and historical roots. Eight contemporary artists explore the stories of unsung yet influential heroes.

This exhibition creates an opportunity for makers to present figures and ideas of personal or historical significance through traditional and contemporary techniques.

Co-curated by Debbie Pryor, Craft Curator, and Hannah Presley, Aboriginal Projects Coordinator, Hero Worship investigates personal histories and relationships, strengths and vulnerabilities utilising traditional and contemporary ways of making.

As always, Craft Victoria takes a look at the narrative behind the crafted object, curating artists from diverse backgrounds working across a range of mediums: ceramics, jewellery, 3D printing, weaving, textiles, installation, found materials such as kelp, bone, wire and grass.

Debbie Pryor said the exhibition focused on telling stories: "Hero Worship shares tales with such diversity and personal introspective detail, both in conceptual content and with ways of making. Artists tell stories of their families and of their saviours, and in doing so unwittingly create odes to their own strengths and vulnerabilities," Ms Pryor said.

Hannah Presley said that artists' connection to the work was an integral part of the exhibition: "A valuable inclusion in Hero Worship is the way Aboriginal artists have addressed complex concepts of connection and the acknowledgement of Ancestors, adding another level of significance to the myriad of stories bought forward by the participating artists," Ms Presley said.

Sun-Woong Bang, Janet Beckhouse, Jenny Crompton, Deanne Gilson, Annie Gobel, Kate Just, Jasmine Targett, Lisa Waup.

Curated by Debbie Pryor and Hannah Presley.