Planes & Envelopes is an art exhibition that brings together for the first time, two artists (Ginette Chittick and Hazel Lim) who employ the use of simple materials such as yarn and paper to create woven artworks that highlight the intersections of contemporary art, design and craft. Using pared down materials such as the kapok yarn and semi-translucent paper, they fashion them through intricate patterning to create large-scale objects. These objects celebrate the versatility of the materials used, highlighting their intrinsic forms, colours and materiality.
The title of this exhibition – Planes and Envelopes refers to the mountain and valley folds a weave makes, a modular pattern that can be permutated to produce a larger object. Ginette’s kapok cotton and wool blend is hand spun to fabricate a series of tapestries, and collaged with other materials such as wood. As for Hazel, she folds modularly made coloured pieces of paper repeatedly, joining them in an interlocking pattern to form larger, malleable pieces of sculptural forms that interact with light and shadows.
As two individuals whose professional practices are placed at opposite ends of the visual arts spectrum – Design and Fine Arts, our own artistic practices meet somewhere in the middle with the craft of weaving. This commonality led us to come together to question the place of our practices within the intersections of contemporary art, design and craft. Craft or “being crafty” is commonly devalued in the fields of Design and Fine Arts. We would like to bring into view a technique that is traditionally employed by females whose heritage and cultures are embedded in the craft practices.
Opening reception: Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 7pm till 11pm
Venue: UltraSuperNew Gallery, 109 Rowell Road, Singapore 208033
When: 21 Mar - 13 Apr 2019, Tuesdays to Saturdays: 11am-7pm, Sundays: 11am-3pm (Closed on Mondays)