‘Fantasies’ arrives at Ararat Gallery this Saturday

Ararat Gallery TAMA’s newest exhibition, opening this Saturday, will include a large-scale suspended sculpture made up of more than 30 whispy nightgowns and slip dresses.

The exhibition, Fantasies, is featured as a satellite program for the 2019 Craft Cubed Festival, run by Craft Victoria from 1-31 August 2019, and was created by Melbourne-based artist Hannah Gartside.

The Sleepover by Hannah Gartside will feature in Ararat Gallery TAMA’s new exhibition.
PHOTO: Louis Lim

Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the gallery was looking forward to hosting the work of Ms Gartside which will make itself home at the gallery until October 20.

Fantasies is described as an ongoing suite of sculptural works which engages materiality and embedded memories of found undergarments and sleepwear to convey both the strangeness of ‘being’ as well as a curiosity for new sensations by Ms Gartiside.

“The nightie is an object that’s been eroticised through popular culture since the 1950s, but is also attached to the Riot grrl feminist punk movement of the 1990s – it functions as both a symbol of female agency and a connection back in time,” she said.

“Fantasies seems to be haunted by all these associations – the implicated body becomes a phantom, or ghost, contained in the fabric.

PHOTO: Louis Lim

“The shredded skirts in The Sleepover create columns/portals of colour, which are disrupted and dissolve into one another as the viewer walks through the sculpture, their face caressed by lace hems.”

Ms Gartiside will speak at the official opening on Saturday from 2pm and hold a public workshop on Saturday 24 August.