Australian contemporary tapestry art on exhibit in Washington, DC captures the freshness, the magic and vibrancy of the outback. The exhibit is filled with splashes of color, Picasso-uesqu lines and one tapestry of sky dreams illuminated by intense heavy red rocks below with light stars opening the universe to something larger then the present. And, then screaming for attention on the side, completely opposite the styles of the other tapestries hung It was not I that looked by Angela Brennan. At first the yellow bounces off every possible surface challenging the viewer. And, then the scrambled alphabet as though a child drew on the tapestry appears through the screaming yellow. What does it say? Curiosity brings you closer. And, then, the story. “It was not I who looked at the forest. The trees were looking at me.”
Contemporary art provokes, pokes, prods the viewer to see life in new ways. “From Here to Eternity” collection of tapestries from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop is on exhibit from now until Feb. 5, 2010 at the Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
By Keri Douglas, writer/photographer, Washington, DC