Ecologica Fantastica Specimens 2 by Jess Hall
Medium: dye and embroidery on linen
Dimensions: 32cm x 32cm (framed)
Made in 2021
The Ecologica Fantastica Specimens utilise embroidery as a drawing technique, featuring backstitch, French knots and turkey rug stitch. Imagined life forms are created from the influence of Australian and European flora. The work posits about the environment and climate change by exploring the hybridity of flora. The influence of fashion is played out through the techniques, colour palette and tactility of the materials, referencing embroidery samplers and pattern. These works make use of traditional craft practices in a contemporary context, referencing the embroidery hoop and the petri dish. The work is influenced by aspects of printmaking, painting and textiles and reflects the artists’ training in these areas. The Ecologica Fantastica Specimens respond to the interaction of different disciplines, including the interplay between science and art, art and craft, craft and feminism.