Lisa Waup — 'Seaing Memory', 2022
"We can understand that our lives are an accumulation of memories, they make up who we are. They exist as a collective - they are culture. Over time we have all developed a multitude of ways for longevity of memory and ultimately so these memories can be shared and passed down well into the future generations. I see our minds as history paths that connect over time – or in my history, I have been placed into altered paths some that have closed ends and mouths to memory. Our memories: of ours and those before us are relied on being able to openly share those paths for sustained connection. Yet what happens when ancestral and historical memory is diverted for protection – for the protection of family? SEAING MEMORY, defines many paths of connection and separation – they run side by side. Exposing the lies of the past, and tearing them down through art, is a vital way to shine light on the injustices inflicted upon First Peoples in Australia."
- Lisa Waup
Lisa Waup is a mixed-cultural First Peoples multidisciplinary artist and curator born in Naarm (Melbourne). Waup's practice spans diverse media, including weaving, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fashion and digital art. Through strong connections to symbology and materiality, her work connects her to family, Country, history and story, exploring personal experiences and a broader historical narrative.
Her work eloquently illustrates her life’s journey through discovery and connection, highlighting the importance of tracing lost history, ancestral relationships, Country, motherhood, and time, which ultimately are woven into stories of her past, present and future into contemporary forms.
As a participant in the inaugural Melbourne Design Fair, Craft Victoria will present a curated collection of the most exciting makers in Australian craft and design. The exhibition will feature 13 makers working across ceramics, textiles, glass and metal, including textile artist Anastasia La Fey, ceramic artist Belle Thierry, textile artist Caro Pattle, ceramic artist Danielle Thiris, furniture and lighting designer Dean Toepfer, artist and experimental designer Jessie French, metalsmith Kenny Yong-Soo, multidisciplinary artist and weaver Lisa Waup, glass artist Misseu, ceramicist Owen Rye, ceramicist Vanessa Lucas, and ceramicist Yoko Ozawa.
Makers will come together in an immersive installation with emerging practitioners featured alongside established designers, showcasing creative ingenuity and material mastery.
Initiated by the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, the fair is a new platform for the craft and design community to bring their collective creative energy together and sell one-off, limited edition pieces in a unique, cultural experience over five days.
Materials: screen-printed bull kelp, ink, assorted feathers, hand dyed fibre, cotton threa
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