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 ‘For Tim (1995-2008)’ 2019-2020 (detail), 660 x 630 x 307 cm, found paper bags, glue, found curtain and dining chair, wood, hessian, wood stain, varnish, silk organza fabric, found fabrics (wool, cotton, silk, synthetic), thread, curtain heading tape, framed photograph of the artist’s parents c. 1990. From the exhibition ‘A Family Album’ at Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, 2020. Photography by Christian Capurro
Hannah Gartside ‘This Body Will Experience Pleasure’ 2019, found sequinned dresses, fabric, thread, polyester stuffing, eyelets, 180 cm x 140 cm x 4 cm. Finalist, Victorian Craft Awards, Craft Victoria 2019. Photography by Louis Lim.
Hannah Gartside ‘Bunnies in Love, Lust and Longing’ 2015-19, found leather, suede and synthetic gloves, millinery wire, thread, weighted curtain cord, fabric, glass, wood, paint, install approx. 550 cm x 100 cm x 20 cm. From the exhibition ‘Four Letter Word’ at Artbank, Sydney, 2019. Photography by Silversalt Photography.
Hannah Gartside – from the series ‘Bunnies in Love, Lust and Longing’ 2015-19. Photography by Hannah Gartside.
Hannah Gartside – from the series ‘Bunnies in Love, Lust and Longing’ 2015-19. Photography by Hannah Gartside.
Hannah Gartside – from the series ‘Bunnies in Love, Lust and Longing’ 2015-19. Photography by Hannah Gartside.
Hannah Gartside ‘Fall/Winter 1986’ 2018, found scarves, blouses and necklaces, electroplated found shoes and bag, thread, fans, 405 cm x 252 cm x 32 cm. Exhibited in ‘Dress Code’, Museum of Brisbane, 2018. Photography by Louis Lim. Also included in the exhibition ‘Performing Textiles’, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne 2019.
Hannah Gartside ‘Fall/Winter 1986’ 2018 (detail), found scarves, blouses and necklaces, electroplated found shoes and bag, thread, fans, 405 cm x 252 cm x 32 cm. Exhibited in ‘Dress Code’, Museum of Brisbane, 2018. Photography by Louis Lim. Also included in the exhibition ‘Performing Textiles’, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne 2019.
Hannah Gartside ‘Fall/Winter 1986’ 2018 (detail), found scarves, blouses and necklaces, electroplated found shoes and bag, thread, fans, 405 cm x 252 cm x 32 cm. Exhibited in ‘Dress Code’, Museum of Brisbane, 2018. Photography by Louis Lim. Also included in the exhibition ‘Performing Textiles’, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne 2019.
Hannah Gartside ‘Fall/Winter 1986’ 2018 (detail), found scarves, blouses and necklaces, electroplated found shoes and bag, thread, fans, 405 cm x 252 cm x 32 cm. Exhibited in ‘Dress Code’, Museum of Brisbane, 2018. Photography by Louis Lim. Also included in the exhibition ‘Performing Textiles’, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne 2019.