Washing as art?
Once women’s first chore of the week, Morley Grainger’s astute, accurate, witty exhibition Washing turns the clothesline into a string of provocative punch lines about where women were, and how far they’ve come.
Stylised denim ‘clothes’, tonally graded from dark indigo to pale, meander around the exhibition space beginning and ending with a pictorial banner. Visually the work is benign but the ‘clothes’ carry hand-embroidered text – a mixture of satire and compassion – once recognised demanding viewer attention.
Fifty pieces of looped ‘washing’ bookended with pictorial appliqued fabric banners – to begin Washing then; to end Washing now
Pictorial banner x 2: 225cm x 53cm
‘Clothes’: 50cm x 50cm with some variation
Pictorial banner x 2: hand painted and appliquéd cotton
‘Clothes’: recycled cotton denim, hand embroidered text
Size: 35-40 running metres
Crated weight: 34 kilograms
DVD – a creative exploration of the artist’s environment providing insights into the making of previous touring exhibitions. 22 minutes duration
Audio CD of washing recollections. 30 minutes duration
Banner (x 2) – measuring 225cm x 53cm
Education Pack for Primary & Secondary students
Laminated explanatory notes & labels
Condition Report Manual
Media Release & Photo
Detailed hanging instructions