Exhibition January 12 - February 4
Join us for opening night drinks at 5.30pm Friday 12 January.
“Throughout my life I’ve faced pressure to be a lot of things that I simply am not,” says artist and fashion designer Chrissie Powell. “Seeking a tribe, a safe space where I can be the things that I am, has given me an often warped, anxiety-ridden and lonely perspective on self expression.”
“This exhibition puts a spotlight on all the soft, squishy, vulnerable parts of me that I’ve largely kept under wraps in the name of self preservation.”
Birth of Maximalism is a joyful explosion of colour, a celebration of eccentricity and uniqueness, by way of wearable art. Chrissie uses colour, pattern and texture to challenge viewers to try on a new persona and embrace their inner vibrancy.
“We all wear a layer of protection between our bodies and the world around us, and we are all judged and analysed based on how we do it,” says Chrissie. “So our choices might as well convey who we really are – and for me, I am a terminally unique freak.”
Each of Chrissie’s artworks begins with colour and fabric as the jumping off point, followed by traditional draping, patterning and sewing techniques. The handmade woven and appliquéd trims and details she creates help to elevate the work and flesh out the story of why they have come to exist.
“My process is organic, with pieces often ending up in quite a different place than where they began. The process mimics my own story, really, which is a journey towards a genuine understanding of myself and the space I occupy in the world. Like these artworks, mine is a world I am chiselling out, that I am insisting upon. It is a colourful, queer, explosion of joy.”
“When people look at my work, I hope they will get the sense that no matter how solitary they feel, there is a tribe of people who will embrace them for exactly who they are.”
Birth of Maximalism is an exhibition of wearable art and textiles. Chrissie invites you to try on the work and perhaps discover – and embrace – your own inner freak.