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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 10:55 am 
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I have received notice of a future exhibition at the
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
13 August – 31 October 2010


Life, death and magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art

A major exhibition featuring dramatic sculpture, jewellery and textiles revealing the power of art made for rituals of life and death from prehistoric to recent times.

The Gallery's renowned collection of Southeast Asian textiles and gold objects, and important new acquisitions of animist sculpture will be displayed alongside key loans from institutions in Asia, Europe and America.

I hope they don't mind but I couldn't resist posting the image of a sculpture from their website advertising the exhibition (scroll down the page) http://nga.gov.au/exhibitions/DEFAULT.cfm as it was of a weaver: Collected Flores, Indonesia The Bronze Weaver 6th century, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2006


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 8:59 pm 
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I was attracted to the weaver from Flores and had an increasing feeling of familiarity and recognition. In one of the amazing coincidences which add spice to life, a few hours after making the post above, the weaver came into my life again. As some of you may know, I manage the website of the Oxford Asian Textile Group. Currently three of us are working on a project to scan and convert to Pdf all the back issues of the OATG magazine. As each edition is converted I am adding it to the OATG website. Today issue 37 from June 2007 arrived. Who should be looking out at me from the cover but our weaver from Flores! Inside is a very interesting article by Dr Ruth Barnes, then of the Ashmolean Museum, talking about this 'recent acquisition' at the National Gallery of Australia. I commend it to you. The magazine can be downloaded at http://www.oatg.org.uk/magazines/N37.html

I do so like such serendipitous coincidences!

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 5:12 am 
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Pamela, I too have been terribly attracted to this weaver in Flores, mostly because the statue is a powerful confirmation of the loom as the "extension of the body". And then to think that she is suckling a child at the same time! It couldn't be more perfect. I think that there is so much more that we can learn about "bodily practices" in weaving -- not just techniques and designs on the textiles, but right and left and cycles and rhythms and arms and feet. Even the names of many textile designs tell us to look more at the body as the source of layout decisions.

I think that I first came across this inspiring and confirming weaver in the write-up in Hali magazine.

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