Hannah Gartside

“She uses deadstock fabrics, clothes found in skips and op shops or given to her by friends, garments of dead relatives and fur from pets. For the artist, clothes are psychic objects that not only have history (a faded menstrual stain, the scent of a beloved) but presence; material has its own life… In this sense, the sculptures are about fabric itself, the singular way in which material is able to articulate the immaterial – a current of air, an undertow of desire. Fabric also has its own sound world and Gartside is listening to what it is saying, ‘pulsing, sighing, calling to us’.”

– Hannah Fink, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art catalogue essay

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Hannah Gartside ‘Pixie’ 2021 (detail). Silk dress (gift of Marita), found silk and synthetic dresses and fabrics, found synthetic curtains, found rayon bedspread, wool felt, thread, fusing, steel cable, oxidised silver-plated jewellery fixtures, aluminium, stainless steel, electromechanical components, microcontroller, acrylic. Installation view, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Photography by Jacquie Manning.
Hannah Gartside ‘Pixie’ 2021 (detail). Found silk gauntlet glove c.1950, silk dress (gift of Marita), found silk and synthetic dresses and fabrics, found synthetic curtains, found rayon bedspread, wool felt, thread, fusing, steel cable, oxidised silver-plated jewellery fixtures, aluminium, stainless steel, electromechanical components, microcontroller, acrylic. Installation view, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Photography by Jacquie Manning.
Hannah Gartside ‘Artemisia’ 2021. Found silk, rayon, velvet dresses and crushed cotton velvet cape (gift of Eloise), thread, piping cord, aluminium, stainless steel, electromechanical components, microcontroller, acrylic. Installation view, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Photography by Jacquie Manning.
Hannah Gartside ‘Loïe’ 2021. Deadstock silk crêpe fabric, found silk georgette beaded dress c. 1920, fusing, thread, weighted curtain rod, hook and eye fastener, snap fastener, aluminium, stainless steel, electromechanical components, microcontroller, acrylic. Installation view, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Photography by Jacquie Manning.
Hannah Gartside ‘Sarah’ 2021. Found black silk satin mourning skirt with taffeta ribbon c.1890, found black silk satin dress c.1990s, found black silk mourning dress with beading c.1920s and satin-backed silk crêpe fabric c.1930 (gifts of Helen), silk tassles from found Liberty piano shawl c.1900s (gift of Judy and Sudhir), wool felt, thread, fusing, steel cable, oxidised silver-plated jewellery fixtures, aluminium, stainless steel, electromechanical components, microcontroller, acrylic. Installation view, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Photography by Jacquie Manning.
Hannah Gartside ‘Lilith’ 2021. Found silk moiré dress c.1930, fusing, thread, weighted curtain cord, stainless steel, aluminium, electromechanical components, microcontroller, acrylic. Installation view, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Photography by Jacquie Manning.
Hannah Gartside – ‘Loïe, Artemisia, Pixie, Sarah, Lilith’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists. Photography by Jacquie Manning
Hannah Gartside – ‘Loïe, Artemisia, Pixie, Sarah, Lilith’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists. Photography by Jacquie Manning.
Hannah Gartside ‘O’ 2021, 320cm H x 229cm W x 211cm D, found tulle, found 1930s dress and ribbon, silk fabrics, leather offcuts, thread, brass rod, timber dowel rod. Studio documentation.
Hannah Gartside ‘O’ 2021, 320 cm x 229 cm x 211 cm, found tulle, found 1930s dress and ribbon, silk fabrics, leather offcuts, thread, brass rod, timber dowel rod. Studio documentation.