Jennifer Florey

Florey, Jen_ The F word quilt

Artist Statement

I prefer to work in series exploring a concept in a number of related works, working in a range of materials and techniques selected to best translate concept into material art objects. Combining modernist artforms such as painting, drawing and printmaking with what was once called craft techniques, my practice intentionally challenges old paradigms of artist and artwork. Working with cloth and stitch, using a sewing machine as a drawing tool my works layer technique to build an image.

Language and research underpin my practice and are my starting point. I enjoy using visual and word puns in both titling and in the juxtaposition of imagery. Given a theme, I search for a point of connection, a link to a personal narrative, a place or experience then playing with ways of representing this connection in relation to the theme.

I draw inspiration from the work of other artists, exhibitions and art galleries allow for emersion into a genre, an artists practice or a theme. Both the Grayson Perry Exhibition,  and NUDE exhibition have directly informed my practice of late. My imagery is often figurative exploring stories juxtaposed with text.

1973 to present    Arts Practitioner and Visual Arts teacher
1979                       Diploma in Art Education, Newcastle University, NSW, Australia

Group Exhibitions (selected)
untethered fibre artists inc.
2018       un:Seen  – Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2018       Synthesis – GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018       inTransit –  Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
2018       Stitched up – The Embroiderer’s Guild, NSW
2017       inTransit – Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017       Stitched up – The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017       ebb and flow – Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2017       ebb and flow – Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2016       ebb and flow –  Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW
2015       Out of Hand  – Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW

Australia Textile and Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2006       On the Grid – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden (RBG), NSW
2006       Up over Down Under –  NSW Parliament House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005       Ornamentum Speciosum Textillli –  Palm House Gallery,
RBG, Sydney, NSW
2004       Flights of Fancy – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, NSW

2007       Roses – Bousada Vineyard, Mittagong, NSW
2007       Refabricating Difference – Braemer Gallery, Blue Mountains, NSW
2003       Shibori – Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

Touring Exhibitions
2006       Up over Down Under – ATASDA joint exhibition with Fibrearts Guild of Pittsburgh, USA

Professional Affiliations
2015 –   untethered fibre artists
2015 –   Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2013 – 14              Presenter – Lake Macquarie Art Gallery
2001 – 04              ATASDA member

2007       Refabricating Difference, Australian Patchwork and Quilting, Exhibition Review. p100
2006       Joint Exhibition takes visitors around the world of fiber arts. Pittsburgh Tribune Review. 26  March