Dorothy Caldwell’s talk illustrates how her textile art is an ongoing exploration of a sense of place. Her long time interest in marks humans make on the landscape creating patterns of settlement, agricultural practices and built heritage are translated onto cloth through dyeing, printing and stitching. Her current practice involves collecting earth pigments, plant matter and objects in remote landscapes and incorporating them in her work. This direction enables her to make a deeper connection between her home in Hastings, Ontario and the places where she travels. Dorothy will tell the stories of her fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic, the Australian outback and rural Japan and India. By using materials collected in the field whether far away or close to home, the pieced, layered and stitched surfaces tangibly absorb and reflect her artistic journey.
Dorothy Caldwell, reknown Canadian artist, is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research projects in Japan and India and is currently doing on site work in the Australian outback and the Canadian Arctic. She is the recipient of grants and awards including the prestigious Bronfman Award given to one Canadian craftsperson each year. Her work is included in private and permanent collections including the American Museum of Art and Design, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the International Quilt Museum and Study Center University of Nebraska, The Canadian Consulate Bangkok Thailand, and Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Date: Monday, 22 September 2014
Location: UNSW Art & Design, corner Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington. Room: F205, 2nd Floor ‘F’ Block (parallels Greens Road)