Louise Weaver

Sketch for an ice cave, 2000-2001
screen print, hand embroidered cotton and polyester thred on arches 88 cotton paper
36 x 50 cm (paper)

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Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
Acquired from the above by Dr Colin & Elizabeth Laverty in 2001

Louise Weaver: Make Believe, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 25 September-27 October 2001

Louise Weaver’s multidisciplinary practice fuses textile art with printmaking and sculpture to produce fantastic reflections of the natural world. She is perhaps best known for her textile taxidermy, woollen animals that are playfully crocheted with highlights of tinsel, faux fur or glitter. Her works are reminiscent of the magic and humour of the surrealists – especially drawing to mind Object, Meret Oppenheim’s fur cup and saucer. Sketch for an ice cave, 2000-01, retains some of these sculptural features, with hexagons of hand-embroidered thread catching the light, giving the work a sense of magic. Arranged in a geodesic dome, the embroidery sits atop a screenprint of a forest landscape represented not by the contours of trees but, rather, only suggested by the spaces between the trunks and the leaves. A subtle blending of media, the composition is literally held together by a thread, a powerful reflection upon the fragility of nature.

  • Sketch for an ice cave

Image courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

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In 2019, Louise Weaver (b. 1966) featured in Word of Mouth, a pop-up art project choreographed by Peter Hill, Venice, Italy. In 2006, a major survey show of her work, Taking a chance on love – Selected works 1990-2006, was held at the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Victoria. Weaver has held residencies from the Australia Council Visual Arts Board, New York (2009), the Australian Tapestry Workshop Studio Rediency, Melbourne (2009), and the Australian Print Workshop Venice Studio Residency, Italy (2007). Major recent group shows featuring Weaver’s work include: The Lady & the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2018); Obsessed – Compelled to Make!, touring nationally (2018); Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s, National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne (2017); Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Seoul (2015); Venice and Biennale Artists at APW, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne (2015); and Reading the Space: Contemporary Australian Drawing #3, New York Studio School, New York (2013).

Louise Weaver’s work is held in major public and private collections across Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, as well as the British Museum, London, and private, regional and corporate collections across Australia and internationally. In 2003, a monograph, Louise Weaver selected works – 1999 to 2003 was published by Scanlan and Theodore. Weaver is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.