Clock tower, Central Station, 2011
diptych, cotton thread on silk mesh petit point renditions
10cm diameter (each, two pieces)
Mori Gallery, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney
Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion, curated by Ann Stephen and Luke Parker, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, January – March 2012; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 24 April – 7 July 2012; Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 July – 20 September 2013
Ann Stephens & Luke Parker, Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion, The University of Sydney, 2012, exh. cat. illus. p.15
“…Not all her cloth towers are modernist, for Jubelin pulls into the equation a traditional Sydney
destination, the clock tower at Central Station, temporarily wrapped for
conservation. The cloth does not conceal so much as fleetingly modernise an
earlier era of civic architecture.
It is ubiquitous in a heritage-obsessed city that, like a cat, endlessly
cleans itself. An early sewing renders its sandstone tower, in a pair of
diamonds, naked clothed. In 2011, coinciding with a subsequent
bout of preening, Jubelin makes another double shaft. Though now in
white-on-white cotton, it stares blindly back like a pair of albino eyes…” (Narelle Jubelin: Vision
in Motion, The University of Sydney, p.74.)
Image courtesy of the artist
Narelle Jubelin was born in Sydney in 1960 and has been living and working in Madrid, Spain since 1996, producing her single thread petit-point renditions of photographs that weave connections between histories and places across cultures and periods. Jubelin's practice is grounded in research and each new work is connected to previous projects by a narrative thread.
In 1990 Jubelin presented the groundbreaking exhibition Trade Delivers People at Aperto in the Venice Biennale. The exhibition explored the histories of colonialism and economics and the ways in which local resources and populations are have been exported and exploited globally.
Jubelin has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, with major exhibitions including the solo exhibition Vision In Motion, University of Sydney, 2012, touring to Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne and Samstag Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide to 2013; Sidney Nolan: Early Experiments/Narelle Jubelin: Coda, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia, 2012-2013; and The Great Divide, Angela Ferreira & Narelle Jubelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009. Most recently, in 2019, a major three-artist exhibition, The Housing Question - Helen Grace, Narelle Jubelin, Sherre DeLys, was held at Penrith Regional Gallery. She was also, in 1985, the co-founder of Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney.