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Women's Work by Gretal Ferguson

Blurring the line between perceived gendered crafts, combining the traditional and progressive.

Stanley Street Gallery is delighted to present the latest exhibition of objects by Sydney based artist, Gretal Ferguson.

In her solo exhibition, Women’s Work, Ferguson blurs the line between perceived gendered crafts, combining the traditional and progressive to explore the shifting roles of women in the arts and society.

The exhibition Women’s Work explores the changing roles of women in craft and society, commenting on the perception of what women do versus what they are capable of. By combining the traditionally masculine craft of silversmithing with handstitching, this exhibition endeavours to challenge the entrenched gender roles within craft and society while paying homage to those before.

Having been trained in traditional silversmithing, object design, and contemporary art jewellery, Ferguson’s practice is quite eclectic. Her work ranges from simple, subtle and aesthetically motivated forms, to conceptually driven statements on society – all made by hand using traditional craft skills.

Being heavily influenced by street art and popular culture, there is often a cheeky nature that sneaks into Ferguson’s work, with many pieces boasting a hint of interactivity, to further engage the viewer beyond wearability or utility.

“Being a female artist in a traditionally masculine craft I often find myself having to prove my skill and knowledge before being taken seriously. By combining the laborious craft of silversmithing with the feminine art of embroidery I hope to challenge these entrenched gender roles while paying homage to those before me.” Gretal Ferguson



Wednesdays to Fridays, 11am to 6pm
Saturdays, 11am to 5pm

Wednesday 26 June to Saturday 13 July 2019

Official opening 3 July 6 - 8pm


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