Karike Ashworth Epoch, 2013
- Condemned hospital sheets, embroidery thread, wooden frames
- Image Credit
- Image courtesy the artist
About the exhibition
Lamentation is an exhibition by Brisbane-based, multi-disciplinary artist Karike Ashworth. This sensitive and beautiful exhibition delicately addresses the often uncomfortable subject of illness and death. Drawing from her personal experience of living through her mother’s illness, Karike Ashworth combines the exquisite beauty of hand-crafted stitching and embroidery with the utilitarian uniformity of hospital linen to create an installation that is both enlightening and confronting.
Condemned hospital linen, a heavily loaded material forms the backbone of this body of work, which focuses on the systems, processes and emotions that surround death and dying. Condemned hospital linen refers to any laundry items processed at a hospital that has become unfit for use and are destined for incineration. These works draw a parallel between the condemned linen items and dying hospital patients, flatly implying a shared systematic anonymity and the similarities between the processing and disposal of each.
The Queensland exhibition tour is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
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