National Exhibition Register

  • Wildish
    Emma Gardner Wildish, 2020
    Cyanotype, hand and machine-stitched silver thread, trace monotype oil stick, silk
    Each 200 x 100 cm
    Image Credit
    Installation of Wildish at Redland Gallery, Cleveland

About the exhibition

Wildish is heavily narrative driven and questions the human condition. I reference historical folklore tales of Baba Yaga and The Handless Maiden – one is from Russia and the other from Germany. These two tales stem from oral traditions where storytelling was an embedded pastime in everyday life.

They both have female protagonists whom endure horrible experiences at the sake of others yet they muster the will to fight on. They are tricked, betrayed, impoverished and abandoned both emotionally and physically by those closest to them. The protagonists are not macho in any way, they are innocent and vulnerable, yet the set out into the world with nothing more than their intuition. Both of these tales tell the protagonist journeys in forests and link them closely with the elements of nature, from seasons and cycles to the rhythms of dawn, day and dusk.

I find these tales triggering, not only because of the atrocious incidents that happen to the protagonists but because after all of their adventure, endurance and heroism they are still reliant on grand narratives that I do not believe in. So I subvert them – placing myself in the works to implicate my figure as both author and subject, to complicate the relationship between truth and fiction. I use laborious and experimental processes combined with fabrics sort on my own adventures in India. I use drawing, trace-monotype, cyanotype and stitch. In the exhibition, visitors will walk through my hand-embroidered and machine-stitched imagery with life-size cyanotype monogram prints of my posed body.

Artists and Curator

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/07/2020 - 31/12/2021
Exhibition size
Under 50 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Redland Gallery, Cleveland
$1,500 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Public Program Opportunities, Public Workshops
Primary contact
Emma Gardner