Elizabeth Lada Gray - PhD Examination Exhibition


Hosted by the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

24th Feb 2018

End Date

7th Mar 2018


Plimsoll Gallery, Hunter Street, Hobart

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Image credit: Elizabeth Lada Gray, As breath, oil on linen, 80 x 150cm, 2017.  Image courtesy the artist.

Exhibition dates: Saturday 24 February – Wednesday 7 March, 2018
Opening event: Friday 2 March, 5.30 – 7.00 pm

Memory Stitches: a Painterly Exploration of Migratory

This research project uses painting to explore the untold narratives associated with dowry objects belonging to post Second World War migrant women who reside in Tasmania. It has aimed to transpose dowry items from precious objects, hidden from everyday view, into a series of painted images that evoke the complex cultural, historical and personal significance of dowry. Based on interviews with migrant women about their dowry, the project has reassessed the meaning and importance of dowry as a significant aspect of migration history in Tasmania. It interprets migratory dowry through the key themes of history, culture, memory, nostalgia and loss, and gives recognition to a cultural practice that is gradually declining.

Traditional European matrilineal dowries were the material foundation for the establishment of a new family, and represented the continuation of cultural heritage, social status and bride-wealth. They were commonly comprised of everyday domestic objects such as woven, stitched and embroidered tablecloths and bed linen. Motivated by the personal stories attached to dowry and my own emigration story, I have created a suite of paintings that aim to challenge the perception that dowry has become a mere token of the migration experience.

Gallery Hours: Wed - Mon 12pm - 5pm (during exhibitions)
Closed Tuesdays and Public holidays

Plimsoll Gallery
School of Creative Arts
University of Tasmania
Hunter Street HOBART TAS