An intense chromatic energy radiates from Vicki Stavrou’s new body of work. She imparts that the exhibition’s title, Home Spun, is a play on words. Although the imagery has been ‘spun’ from considerations about a home’s exterior and interior design elements, several of her canvas and linen surfaces are now embroidered with spun tapestry thread.
It may seem curious for an artist based in the Byron Hinterland to be painting mid-century Californian abodes, complete with palm trees and prominent swimming pools. Stavrou explains that her inspiration for the subject was fermented when visiting a favourite shop in nearby Brunswick Heads that specialises in ‘retro’ furniture but also sells magazines from the USA featuring Palm Springs homes from the 50’s era. “When I saw these magazines I just fell in love with the style and lines of butterfly houses, their striking roof directions and the rich ‘anything goes’ colours of the interiors.”
Opening Event: Saturday 22 October, 2022, 4-6pm.