Caro Pattle

Caro Pattle — Lithic Vessel, 2022


Handwoven using coil basketry techniques, Pattle's Lithic series reworks prehistoric stone-hewn vessels in lush blue velvet. Each vessel is slowly amassed via a time-intensive process of knotting velvet yarn to create a dense organic surface and structure. The resultant vessels joyfully muddle past forms and present material, honouring utilitarian objects at the expense of their usability. Pattle's work is centred on material culture, exploring how everyday objects may be the only signifier by which our lives can be decrypted after we are gone. The Lithic series imagines the future artefacts of our contemporary material culture as situated within an anthropocenic dissolution of the organic and inorganic, of nature and culture.

Born 1985, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Naarm based since 2014. Caro Pattle's experimental object-based practice explores handcraft processes through a lens of contemporary materiality. She draws from a range of craft disciplines to create works that joyfully muddle organic/synthetic, past/present and functional/non-functional binaries. Pattle's practice is underpinned by ongoing research into material culture, animism, and speculative futures. Pattle graduated from a Bachelor of Textiles at RMIT in 2019 with a previous Bachelor of Fine Arts completed in 2009. The recipient of numerous travel grants and industry prizes, Pattle regularly exhibits and in 2023 will complete a large commissioned work for Melbourne Now in an NGV x Craft co-curation.

It's not just blue

November 24 - January 21

A gathering of works by Australian artists, crafts people and designers, in a maximalist exploration of the colour blue in all its hues.  

Anke Kindle / Anna Varendorff / Anne U / Ara Dolatian / Ash Allen / Bastard Ceramics / Camille Laddawan / Caro Pattle / Christopher Plumridge / Curio Practice / Dean Norton / Dean Toepfer / Ebony Russell / Ella Saddington / Georgina Proud / House Editions / Iluka Sax-Williams / Jess Sellinger / Jordan Fleming / Kristin Burgham / Louise Meuwissen / Lucy Tolan / Michael Gittings / Nicole Lawrence / Owen Rye / Real Non-Real / Sguscio / Shimara Carlow / Tara Shackell / Terunobu Hirata / Tia Ansell / Yen Qin

Material: stretch velvet, galvanised steel, plastic

Dimensions: approx. 60 x 31 x 45cm

Please note, works purchased as gifts will be made available for collection by December 20 for the gifting season, all others will remain on exhibition until January 21 

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