Hannah Gartside

“She uses deadstock fabrics, clothes found in skips and op shops or given to her by friends, garments of dead relatives and fur from pets. For the artist, clothes are psychic objects that not only have history (a faded menstrual stain, the scent of a beloved) but presence; material has its own life… In this sense, the sculptures are about fabric itself, the singular way in which material is able to articulate the immaterial – a current of air, an undertow of desire. Fabric also has its own sound world and Gartside is listening to what it is saying, ‘pulsing, sighing, calling to us’.”

– Hannah Fink, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art catalogue essay

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