Inaugural Lake Art Prize
Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie
12 December 2020 – 7 February 2021
Winner announced: Friday, 11 December at the gallery
From my mother’s window 2020
My mum sits looking out through a big glass window that over looks the largest salt water lake in the southern hemisphere, Lake Macquarie. I grew up with this view, learning the craft of crochet from my mum as we talked about our day.
The blue of the water glistens from the sunlight reflecting on the ripples of the lake’s surface. My wall installation attempts to capture this. Using the crochet techniques taught to me by my mother combined with materials found in the home. Fishing line and cotton thread.
Simple chain crochet stitch are made in the fishing line to mimic the glistening of sunlight on the water’s surface. The blue cotton is randomly tided in loops to create a ripples that are a constant on the lake.
Together the crocheted fishing line and the looped cotton are stretched back and forth between ‘T-pins’ (normally used in knitting) in random but rhythmic order to represent the surface of water. The surface of the water that my mum looks at from her window. The same water that reminds me of home.
Where there is water, I am home.