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In Plain Sight


Mon 23 Nov 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm
Tue 24 Nov 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm
Wed 25 Nov 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm
Thu 26 Nov 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm
Fri 27 Nov 2015, 11:00am–5:00pm

Where: In Good Company, 166A Cuba Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: In Good Company

De Silva’s current body of work uses stitching to describe parts of stories. De Silva thinks of her method as drawing with thread, with images that hover somewhere between reality and imagination, choosing not to touch down in either. The predominantly black and white stitching renders the works matter of fact and there is little colour to evoke emotion. The mundane objects and environments which make up de Silva’s world remain eerie and un-peopled and it is this lack of humanity which throws up questions about what could have happened, if indeed anything has.

De Silva had long been interested in the history of storytelling and its various modes of communication. The environment we live in and the small moments which happen within it, are a common theme in de Silva’s work. She looks at the everyday objects which form that environment; those things we look at but never see, familiar scenes with a sense of isolation and abandonment.. De Silva is interested in story telling but not grand myths and legends, or heroic feats but the story behind the picture, the truth of which we may never know. Much like the first or last line in book or play, a story is about to unfold, or has just ended. The players are off stage and what happens next is up to the viewer.

This form of thread drawing brings de Silva’s art practice into the domestic realm, a place of perceived small moments. But it is within these small moments and familiar places that our stories unfold.

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