1. a complex and elaborate design of intertwined flowers, foliage, etc
This body of work has its genesis in the exhibition Ornamentation and Abstraction I visited in 2001 at Fondation Beyeler in Basel. This exhibition of the art from East and West surveyed the importance of ornament in the emergence and development of abstract art: from the influence of the arabesque on Symbolism and Art Nouveau to the preoccupation with ornamentation of artists such as Matisse, Albers and even Pollock.
My interest in the flourishes, twirls and twining of the arabesque developed as I studied the flora of the Shoalhaven area. My research into local flora led me to rekindle my interest in fibre and textile art forms.
The exhibition Arabesque was held at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Berry Street, Nowra, from 13 October-3 November 2018.
The gallery below shows the major installation of over 50 pieces and details.
The Fisher Baskets
This work was inspired by finding a beautiful old fishing basket, now part of my collection. Inside the basket were old wooden reels, and old wooden and cork floats. The work was a finalist in Shoalhaven NOW 2017.
Mary E Preece Artist