Kait James: Hang us out to dry
Who: Art Gallery of Ballarat
The works of Wadawurrung visual artist Kait James ask questions relating to identity, perception and knowledge of Australia’s Indigenous communities. James uses Aboriginal-themed calendar tea towels from the 1970‐1980s that generalise and stereotype Indigenous culture and using embroidery subverts them with pop‐cultural references and Indigenous issues to reflect contemporary perspective.
The textile works, executed with humour and employing vivid colours, address the way white western culture has dominated Australia’s history, how Australia and the world perceives our First Nations’ People and James’ personal reflections on her Indigenous heritage.