Back Stitch (Flying Geese)

Caroline McQuarrie with Barbara McQuarrie

17 September - 10 October 2015


Caroline McQuarrie Back Stitch


Back Stitch (Flyring Geese), 2012

Stop motion video projected on quilt.

150x150 cm, duration 09:20

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Back Stitch (Flying Geese) explores the idea of home, when located in and crafted into the landscape and domestic space. The work opens with a still of the site where the artist’s childhood home was built, projected onto a quilt made by the artist’s mother.

How does a place become a home? Often it’s labour put into a piece of land, by building houses and crafting the natural environment, that makes people feel they belong. It takes effort and time to make both a home and an embroidery. However both these things also have a reverse side, the messy stitches and gardens with weeds growing. Yet there is pleasure and comfort to be found in these imperfections – like a warm quilt.

Caroline McQuarrie is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, video and craft practices. Exploring the role of the feminine in everyday life, and investigating the capacity for the act of making to create agency in women’s lives, Caroline is concerned with how memory and sentiment is manifested in objects - specifically photographs and/or hand crafted objects. She is currently working on various projects exploring the history of the West Coast region, exploring how small stories in out of the way places can reflect on events in the wider world.

Caroline is a Lecturer in Photography at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.