Tania Spencer is a Western Australian artist using textile techniques of embroidery, knitting, crocheting and weaving combined mostly with rural or recycled materials in her art practice. Spencer often makes large scale knitted installations from fencing wire and embroiders heavy wire onto metal canvases. Hand bending each stitch, her tools are usually found in the shed not the sewing box, and consist of bolt cutters, drills, jigs, pliers and a wire spinning ginny. The works combine her rural and domestic heritage in a fusion of ideas that give an alternative contemporary insight into domestic textiles by contributing to the archivality of and celebrating the handmade heritage of these textiles.
“The process of producing the work becomes a struggle of the ideas and materials, its properties and what I can and can’t do with it. The wire itself conveys meaning; it has a history of its traditional use.”
Tania has a BA(Art) from Curtin University and has had 4 solo shows, the most recent Inherent Lineage at Gunyulgup Galleries in 2013, She has exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea both in Cottesloe and Bondi numerous times, and is featured in national, local and private collections. Recent national exhibitions include Love Lace, The International Lace Award at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW and Sensorial Loop, the 1st Textile Triennial in Tamworth, NSW. She is represented by Gunyulgup Galleries in WA.
Featured WorkUnapologetic Decoration
- Year: 2020
- Materials: Copper
- Size: 300 x 240 x 240 cm
- Price: $25,000
An unashamed return to beauty of decoration in design, function in artwork and value in women’s work. This knitted doily reminds me of my Nanna.