no small wonder will transform the gallery space into a hybrid environment in which nature and culture are entwined. A sand coloured carpet ‘island’ is strewn with remnants of a world in transition. A beaver sits contemplating the flotsam and jetsam remaining above the tide line after an imaginary deluge. Natural and artificial forms are captured in a layer of tightly woven crochet and embroidered thread. Flora, fauna and other selected elements transform and distort as they connect and re-align themselves across the environment, evoking a sense of nature’s continuing capacity for reinvention and rejuvenation. These works graft together the extravagant and wondrous in magical fluid associations.
Working with taxidermist’s moulds, natural forms and found objects, Weaver transforms them by replacing their natural skins with customized costumes and coverings of hand-crocheted lambswool, cotton, silk and synthetic thread. These forms are then brought to life in a fantastic environment of the artists’ creation.
This new group of work will feature the large floor work no small wonder which extends the ideas explored in earlier installation-based works such as Taking a Chance on Love 2003 and Moonlight Becomes You 2003. This work will be accompanied by a number of single sculptural pieces and works on paper.
no small wonder will be Louise Weaver’s first solo exhibition in Melbourne since I have a small yellow bird in my ear that sings at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces in 1997. During 2005, her work has been included in the exhibitions Where the Wild Things Are at UTS Gallery, Sydney, After Nature, Lake Macquarie City Gallery, Lake Macquarie and The Butterfly Effect at the
Australian Museum, Sydney.