Kelcie Bryant-Duguid

 

Bryant-Duguid, Kelcie

Artist Statement

I am an educator, an activist, a feminist and an artist. I use my work to give voice to events that have shaped me, and broader community and societal issues that resonate with me. My art practice is multi-disciplinary with the primary focus lying in the territories of encaustic mixed media and textiles. Central themes include: identity, belonging, memory and place.

An assortment of materials and techniques are employed in the creation of my encaustic paintings, which have a textiles sensibility. I use the elements of colour, texture and expressive mark making to create movement and evoke emotion. I do not shy away from difficult subjects. Textured surfaces fuse a range of materials. Layers are excavated to expose what lies beneath. Traditional textile techniques of dyeing, batik, shibori and printmaking, are featured in my work. Dyed silks, printed papers and stitched elements are collaged on wooden panels. Textiles are key ingredients in this organic recipe.

Other textiles I create include sculptural dress forms and wearable garments. They represent the feminine. There is a familiarity about them, representing the simple but powerful image of domestic life and the journey of women. They are universal symbols, a blank canvas to convey messages that are sometimes political, but always personal.

Education

1989 – 92          Bachelor Education (Secondary), University of Sydney
PD – ongoing    Various workshops in textiles, visual arts, printmaking, and related fields

Professional Experience and Community Initiatives
2017           Workshop Tutor: Bespoke Skirt, ATASDA NSW
2014 – 15   Facilitator: Guerilla Knitting and Anzac Poppy Installation, Rockdale Council, NSW
2013           Workshop Tutor: Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, North Sydney Council, NSW
2003           Facilitator: My Place installation, Mawarra Public School, NSW

Solo Exhibitions (Selected)
2017    Me, myself and I – Joint Solo exhibition, Timeless Textiles Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
2016    Finding Joy  – Immerse: Knox City Council, Melbourne, Victoria
 
Touring Exhibition
2018     Synthesis  – untethered fibre artists, GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018     Stitched up  –  untethered fibre artists, Queen St Gallery, NSW
2018     inTransit  – untethered fibre artists, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
2018     Stitched up  –  untethered fibre artists, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017     inTransit  – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Culture Centre, NSW
2017     Stitched up  –  untethered fibre artists, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017     ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2017     ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2016     ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Culture Centre, NSW
 
Group Exhibitions (Selected)
2016     World of Textiles Exhibition – Artisan on Lewis, Mudgee, NSW
2016     Refugeez! – Hurstville Museum Gallery, Hurstville, NSW
2016     Façade – ATASDA Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanical Garden, NSW
2016     Textiles…Time for a Change – Macarthur Textile Network, Campbelltown Arts Centre
2016     Seed Stitch–Inaugural Contemporary Textile Exhibition, Warringah Creative Space, NSW
2015     Out of Hand – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts and Culture Centre, NSW
2014      Future…Past – ATASDA Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanical Garden, NSW
2014      Intergenerational Emerging Artist – Seaview Gallery, Dulwich Hill, NSW
2014     Crossing the line – Macarthur Textile Network, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
2013     Texture – Macarthur Textile Network, Camden Civic Centre, NSW
2012     Textiles – without boundaries – Macarthur Textile Network, Camden Civic Centre, NSW
2011     Elements – Macarthur Textile Network, Camden Civic Centre, NSW
2010     Seeing your way, seeing our way – Macarthur Textile Network, Camden Civic Centre, NSW
 
Competitions
2016    Hunters Hill Art Exhibition – Finalist – Hunters Hill, NSW
2016    Faces – Portrait Art Competition, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Westmead, NSW
 
Professional Affiliations
2015 – untethered fibre artists
2012 – Australian Textiles and Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2001 – NSW Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild
2010 – Macarthur Textile Network

Publications
2017    Textiles – Time for a Change, Down Under Textiles Issue 27, 2017 pp. 66-67
2016   A little more out of hand, Down Under Textiles Issue 25, 2016 pp. 47-52
2016   Bustamante, T. ‘Camden art student, mother keep creativity in the family’ UOWTV, 7
October 2016 www.uowtvmultimedia.com/2016/10/07/camden-art-student-mother-keep
creativity-in-the-family/.