Artist Information for Alison Muir
Water is the driving force in my world, and I needed to smell and see the sea to be happy. By 2000 I developed an individual style using 'vlisoflixed' strips of cloth in layers; this style was used for the quilt “Short Poppies are valuable too” juried into Quilt National 2001.
'Aquamarine: recent textiles by Alison Muir' displayed 12 works depicting images of water, both fresh and salt and its impact on Sydney, with 10 years of existing work at a solo exhibition comprising 35 works at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney in November 2005.
From 2006 'Fathoming the depths: informative textiles' presented social & environmental issues : the politics of water for a Master of Design (Hons) 2010 at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, Sydney Australia.
'Ancient messages' using hand stitched and dyed whole cloth was juried into Quilt National 2011.
The process I use begins with a 'water message' and the design is generated using appropriate research, techniques, colours and stitching with unconnected traditions such as dyed textiles and political comment, scientific details and text in natural dyed textile landscapes/seascapes to deliver messages, sometime political and always passionate about our environment
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Damning the Molongolo77cm H x 185cm W   Photo by Photographer: Andy Payne Past Aboriginals living in the area now known as The Australian Capital Territory, Australia are thought to be the Ngan Girra and to have spoken in the Ngunnawal language. Aboriginal tenure on land is custodial and is based on respecting and maintaining the elements of the land and its spirituality for both the current and the future inhabitants. In contrast Western tenure allows alteration of the environment to meet the immediate desires of the current inhabitants. Thus the riverbed and flood plain that evolved slowly to become what we call the Molonglo have been dammed to form a lake and an aesthetic backdrop for Canberra. The Waterway is a metaphor for the two cultures passing in this landscape
ballast290cm h x 105cm w   Photo by Photographer: Andy Payne The work was made to reillustrate 'Shipping' from the 'Fresh & Salt: messages in stitched textiles' exhibition questionnaire research 2007 to 2009. The subjects illustrated in ballast include bio-invaders in ballast water overtaking native species and damaging structures, rust pollutes saltwater, scientific details show images of micro-organisms such diatom and plankton (© Dr Martina Doblin) and the politics of the transparency of regulations on International ballast water exchange
Brisbane 1, 2 and 374cm h x 222cm w   Photo by Photographer: Andy Payne A carrier spilt oil into the Brisbane River Queensland Australia and adjacent coastal beaches in March 2009. The clean up became world news and a highlight of the State election process that was being contested at the time.
The wave 2: in memorial140cm h x 105cm w   Photo by Photographer: Andy Payne The tsunami in the oceans around Indonesia in December 2005 was devastating for many millions of people. This is my memorial to those lost souls
Hidden depths108cm h x 106cm w   Photo by Photographer: Andy Payne Fresh water ponds have an illusion of depth not found in salt-water pools