Caught! was accepted into the juried exhibition “Grafted” (Red Rock Gallery, Victoria).
In the meantime, if you’re interested in how this piece came about…
I made “Caught!’ shortly after I dyed a batch of bed sheets and “ugly” wool with Scribbly Gum bark. The resulting colours were so wonderful that I thought by hooking the fabric “high” I could create a textural, rough-scaled, ancient fish and to maintain the idea of water running off a fish hauled from the water, I hooked metallic thread in-between each scale. Water of course is never just “blue”, so I added a mosaic of colours and fabrics – wool blankets and shirt, bamboo, mohair and alpaca knitting yarns – surround the “caught” fish as it is lifted from the water. Beneath the fish, a recycled (used twice) I lashed a handmade fishing net to a Scribbly Gum frame. The fish is lashed to the frame and suspended independently from the net and I can imagine a person tightly griping the “handles” as they scoop up the fish.
Designed and Hooked by: Judi Tompkins 2013
Dimensions: Hooked area 64cm (26in) L x 41cm (24in) H
Overall at widest point: 97cm (39 in) L x 80cm (30in) H
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