Aspex presents Wild Water, a collection of hand woven wall hangings and interior textiles created by artist Alice Hume.
This body of work takes influence from coastal landscapes, depicted as both a source of life and potential danger. A danger, which is often expressed in media reports on the global migration and refugee tragedies at sea.
Combining this contemporary theme with historic references, Humes cites Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea, a fictional text inspired by one of history's worst maritime tragedies. In 1945 three torpedoes were launched at the Wilhelm Gustloff a German military transport ship, resulting in the deaths of around 9,000 civilians, almost half were children.
The artist said:
“I wanted to create the danger and unpredictability of the sea, so I chose specific colour palettes of creams, greens and greys to convey the blend of the sky into the layers of the ocean”.
Much of Hume’s work’s, featured within this exhibition, are finished with patina copper, giving the piece weight and denoting traditional symbolism. The pale green rust on the metal is a reminder of the exposure to the elements such as water and sea-salt.