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Shelley Rhodes - in studio 2

Recently she has been recording a series of walks depicting her route from one place to another. On each walk she draws, photographs, writes and gathers, recording marks, patterns, shapes, colour and texture. It could be impressions left behind in the mud or sand, ripples, leaves, grasses, cracks or peeling paint.

A recurring theme in her work is fragmentation, reconstruction and repair. She uses techniques inspired by Kantha and Japanese Boro, layering scraps of distressed, pre-used fabrics to create a new whole by layering, darning and mending. She prints, paints, dyes and stains fabrics and paper. After careful selection, the small pieces are layered, patched and pieced, then held together with stitch or other materials such as metal, plaster, nails, pins, tacks, staples and wire or whatever is relevant to the subject.

She is drawn to the effects of time, the transience of nature, the things that go un-noticed and the ever changing fragility of the things around her. She is now starting to look at the impact of man on the environment particularly the death of the coral seas.

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