Textile Art Salvaged
Video by Rachael Wellisch
“This was a collection of salvaged elements presented as an immersive installation. These were materials discarded and pushed aside, now reworked and put together to form a space of wonder to appreciate cycles and connections within our environment.”
Soundtrack by Peter Houtmeyers and filmed by Ami Phi.
Rachael Wellisch is an Australian artist using natural indigo dye and textiles in response to environmental concerns. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours in 2016 from Griffith University, she is currently a post-confirmation doctoral candidate and tutor at Griffith University, and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Winner of the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Prize in 2016, she has been a finalist in the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, the Northern Beaches Art Prize, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, BAM Art Prize, Blackstone Works on Paper Prize and Lake Prize. Artist residencies undertaken include Shankill Castle in Ireland, House Conspiracy in Brisbane (2017), and Art Quarter Budapest in Hungary (2018). Rachael was awarded an Arts Queensland Grant in 2018, a National Assistance Program for the Arts Grant in 2020, and has exhibited in Australia, Ireland, Austria, UK and Japan. Her work is held in the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital collection, the Westin Hotel in Perth, Crown Towers in Sydney and is also held in private collections within Australia, UK, France and Ireland. See her work in WTP Vol. IX #5.
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