Mandy Ridley

Jaali Skirt | 2023 | copper wire, hi vis fabric | 68 x 55cm

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2023 - Finalist

[Image courtesy of the artist]

Mandy Ridley | Jaali Skirt | 2023 | copper wire, hi vis fabric | 68 x 55cm

Artist Statement

During pandemic times I returned to intimate studio-based practice centred around creating garments for loved family members. My interest in textile construction methods and materiality was rekindled and I explored possibilities for transformation through the process of making.

The work encapsulates decades of my creative practice, with these discernible references: Jaali stone carving from northern India, a human-scale form, tactile surface, vibrant colour and quivering energetic lines that trace Intersecting networks.

The central imperative is my fascination with (1) translation: from a site visit observation of stone carving into a henna sketch and (2) making, transforming my drawing into a wire grid form bound in bias strips of Hi Vis fabric in a way that is explicitly hand crafted. 

It is also a work about time, care and healing. The action of wrapping supports the intersections of the imperfect pattern, resulting in an artwork that celebrates joyous and life-affirming relationships. 

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