Elusive TactilityHolly O’Meehan
Opening night: 6pm Friday 12 January 2018
Holly O’Meehan’s exhibition, Elusive Tactility, loops together the physicality of crochet and ceramic to question the balance between art, craft, and design. Each piece begins with the solidarity of the ceramic foundation; its strength governs the shape of the crochet. She compares her practise of crocheting to drawing with yarn as it follows the lines begun by the ceramic base.
It’s a mediation whereby her hands build the shape, allowing thoughts to flow freely through her mind. It’s also an experiment with two vastly different outcomes: the crochet yarn can be reused when the end result is unsatisfactory; the ceramic cannot. Her work plays upon the tension between the materials.
These functionless vessels ask more questions than they answer in a whimsical dialectic between form and lack of function. Organic in their bodies, her creations reflect the structure of flora in her world, pieces of which she gathers in her daily journeys.
About Holly O’Meehan
Growing up on a farm in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, Holly O’Meehan spent her childhood sifting through her mother’s craft studio. Now based in Fremantle, Holly’s current art practice explores the gentle honesty of the hand made as well as examining the stereotypes of Craft versus Art in contemporary society.
Holly graduated in 2013 with a BA in Fine Art and Art & Design from Curtin University, Perth. She has since developed her own art practice, exhibiting work in several group shows, art awards and participating in several residences across Western Australia and India.