Activism through craft

Raquel Ormella, I hope you get this (detail), 2018, silk and cotton embroidery thread on linen, 9x10cm. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery Brisbane. Photo: David Paterson.

Raquel Ormella’s I hope you get this exhibition comes to Noosa Regional Gallery this month.

Social and environmental activism, human and animal relationships plus nationalism and national identity are consistent themes in Ormella’s work, and “I hope you get this” is no exception.

Working primarily with textiles and stitching, her works are experimental and impromptu.

“Rather than offering authority on the topics she covers, Ormella admittedly shares her voice in speculative contemplation,” Noosa Regional Gallery Director Michael Brennan says.

“With a desire for connection, she simultaneously declares uncertainty as to whether her communicative efforts will in fact work.”

I hope you get this is a NETS Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum touring exhibition curated by Rebecca Coates and Anna Briers.

“We are thrilled to be the exclusive Queensland venue for this exciting nationally touring exhibition,” Mr Brennan says.

“Ormella’s work takes a medium that is often associated with craft and the softer arts and subverts this by taking on ideas that might be considered political and divisive and which make us look more closely at our assumed national identity.

“Not only are her art works impressive in terms of the skill Ormella demonstrates in their realisation, but also in the way they continue to resonate with visitors, even after they have left the exhibition space.”

I hope you get this is at Noosa Regional Gallery from June 21 to July 28, 2019. Entry to the Gallery is free. Visit www.noosaregionalgallery.com.au

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