Tagged: textile art

Soft Science City in Cities Foretold

Tracey Clement, Soft Science City, 2018-2022 (detail), vintage laboratory glass, knitted and wound acrylic yarn.

Soft Science City will feature in the group show Cities Foretold.

Soft Science City highlights the fact that the metropolis is always in flux; it’s a work-in-progress, a kind of dynamic experiment in coexistence. In Soft Science City cold rational laboratory glass meets warm soft knitting. And here, these opposites not only attract, they are inextricably linked. Working together they form a mini-metropolis in which fuzzy logic is made manifest. In other words, there are no precise solutions offered by this experiment, no single right answer. But it does point out that diversity and inclusion are key factors in creating a thriving city.

Cities Foretold
1 Sept – 2 Oct
Art Space on the Concourse
Chatswood, NSW

Border Zones


Borders are highly charged zones electrified by tension and the possibility of transgression and transformation.

Boundaries are liminal edges; cross the line and something will happen.


Whether you move from one country to another, step from a private place into the public arena, penetrate someone’s personal space, or flaunt a social taboo; breeching a border is a point of transition. Because of this borders are seductive, they exert an almost magnetic pull.

Border Zones explores intimate boundaries and the heady combination of intimacy and anxiety that surrounds them.

Tracey Clement

Border Zones consists of two sculptures: Border Zones (seven life-sized tulle figures) and Perimeter (a double blanket made from thread, buttons and pins).

The lifesize ‘skins’ comment on the notion that the body is like a garment that can be nipped and tucked in the quest for (unobtainable) perfection.

Perimeter highlights the fragility and danger of intimate relationships.

The work was first shown in 2005, in the Post Graduate Degree Show, SCA.  In 2006, an expanded version of Border Zones became my first solo exhibition at Groundfloor Gallery, Sydney. In 2009, the work formed part of my solo show, Tracey Clement: Recent(Hard)Work at Elements Art Gallery, Perth, WA.

Photos: Tracey Clement

ravelled/unravelled (circular history)

Tracey Clement, ‘ravelled/unravelled (circular history)’ (detail), 2003, wool from 54 recycled jumpers.

Tracey Clement, ‘ravelled/unravelled (circular history)’ (detail), 2003, wool from 54 recycled jumpers.

Ravelled and unravelled. Memories, like old jumpers, unravel with time. They become frayed and worn. They become holey and permeable, prone to getting tangled up with each other. Memories unravel and ravel.

Circular history: rings of a tree, layers of accumulated history, memories evoked by familiar garments, unravelled and ravelled, round and round, circular, cyclical, continuous.

Tracey Clement

ravelled/unravelled (circular history) was made from 54 second-hand jumpers, unpicked and rewound.

It won the People’s Choice Award at the 2003 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and was also exhibited at Gallery 4A  in 2004 and in 2005 at Sherman Galleries in Sydney, Australia before being acquired by a private collector.

Photos:Tracey Clement.