National Exhibition Register

  • Epoch
    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.

Artists and Curator


Karike Ashworth

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
28/07/2014 - 31/12/2018
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
$500 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Education Kit, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Public Program Opportunities
Primary contact
Karike Ashworth
0433 355 225