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.

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Body Taxonomy, inTransit Exhibtion

Education
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.
2019    un:Seen – Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2019    un:Seen – Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, S.A.
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

Publications
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