Every year just before the Melbourne Cup I plant tomatoes, and other tomatoes spout from the compost in various unplanned locations around the garden.
One year the crop of tomatoes I picked over summer amazed me with their variety of colour and shape.
I placed them on a blue plate with a few home-grown chillies, I found myself taking numerous photos of them, my fingers were itching, so the next obvious step was to weave them. So, I started on a series of works based on my vegetable garden, and the idea kept growing…
Joy Smith is a master weaver who had been exhibiting for more than 30 years. The everyday is the subject of her art practice and these experiences are uniquely caught in this time honoured tradition.
Joy consistently makes light of the mediums most complex abilities that she possesses, so a viewer can forget the time it takes to work on each piece. However, Joy’s playful and confident use of colour displays there is a deep respect for the beauty and rare displays of such a practice.
Exhibition: Wed 11 - Sun 29 April
Opening Night: Fri 13 April / 6-9pm
Image Credit: Joy Smith, Pomegranates #2, 2017, 10.5 x 22.5