Silver Lining Series #7

Image © Courtesy of Artist

Louise Wells

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Louise Wells is an artist working in textiles and living in Inglewood, Western Australia. Looking at the lost beauty in the ordinary is a major theme she explores, and this has led to more focus on the use of recycled materials, for their suggested narrative and concerns over waste and for the environment. She uses textile techniques including dye, print, stitch, fabric manipulation and layering, often leaving raw, cut, and frayed edges to create texture. Louise's work is inspired by domestic life, family stories and observations on current events. Over the past few years, the main focus of Louise's work has been in her local community. Her recent solo exhibition Suburban Secrets 2021, explores the history and changes in Inglewood over the past 100 years. Her current collaborative exhibition, 'It's a Matter of How You Look at Things', takes inspiration from her observations of the small, often overlooked and often delightful elements on her daily walk around her suburb. Louise has exhibited in numerous group and jury selected exhibitions. She was a finalist in York Botanic Art Prize 2021, Collie Art Prize (CAP) and Australian Textile Award 2020. In 2019, her work was selected for Cultura Diffusa, Como Italy, and Fiber Arts IX, California USA. She has also been a five-time finalist in Wearable Art Mandurah, winning the Avant Garde category in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions include Of Our Time - Ordinary Lives 2018, and Suburban Secrets 2021. Her work is held in public and private collections.