Art, Artist and Artisans Lecture Series. Inaugural Lecture

Monday 20th September. 6.00 – 7.00 pm. At the American Centre, Galle Road, Col. 3

Figure and Ground: Re-inventing Traditional Themes as Contemporary Tapestry
Presentation by Cresside Collette
As a tapestry weaver, for Cresside Colette drawing has always been an integral part of her way of working, and her subject matter is inextricably linked to Art History. Her interpretation of the figure re-conceives the Classical body in contemporary textile form. Landscape, literally the ground, is the inspiration for "en plein air" (outdoor) weaving, bringing a fresh perspective to a traditional process. How do these disparate themes coalesce into a convincing body of work? In recent years my thoughts have turned back to a childhood spent in Ceylon and its impact on my development as a visual artist. Acknowledging a link to the '43 Group through my father I am seeing my own art in a richer, cross - cultural context. My recent work explores the linking of two lands, juxtaposing the features of the Sri Lankan and Australian landscapes in unlikely but comprehensible form through collage. These are extended into abstract tapestries that explore the sensations of colour and light in comparative commentary.
Cresside Collette is the daughter of painter and cartoonist Aubrey Collette, one of the founding figures of the 43 Group. Born in Ceylon in 1950, she migrated to Australia in 1962. In childhood her father's art and her mother's writing were part of daily life and almost inevitably her own future career path seemed a natural choice. Originally trained as a Graphic Artist at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
(RMIT), she worked as a book illustrator and advertising artist whilst developing large embroideries and exploring the textile arts. She was employed as a foundation weaver of The Victorian Tapestry Workshop in 1976. In 1980 she undertook post-graduate studies in the Tapestry Department of the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, and subsequently completed a Master of Fine Art (by Research) at Monash University in Melbourne in 2003.

Cresside has exhibited in both individual and group shows consistently since 1971. In 2003 and 2004 she was awarded residencies at Bundanon (a beautiful estate left to the nation by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd) where she pioneered working "en plein air" in the medium of tapestry. Over the last 25 years she has combined her own exhibition practice with designing and producing community tapestries for schools, city councils and universities. She has tutored in drawing and currently teaches tapestry
weaving in the Studio Textiles and Design Course at RMIT University. Support the LDA. Become a member.

© 2010