Louise Saxton: The Linen Project is an immersive installation which pays homage to past lives and past labour and is built largely from the remnants of Louise Saxton’s practice of reclaiming everyday needlework.
The artist has been collecting domestic linens since 1988 and for more than a decade has extracted and reconstructed the embroidery and lace from those linens to build several major bodies of work.
From these discarded and disinherited materials, Saxton creates unique two and three-dimensional assemblages.
The Linen Project celebrates the materiality of linen and investigates its role in caring for family and community. The project is being undertaken with the support of an 18-month artist in residence program through St Vincent’s Hospital at Caritas Christi in Kew.
The Linen Project was a solo exhibition by artist Louise Saxton on display at Town Hall Gallery 27 October to 16 December 2018.