#ToHotToHandle is a body of contemporary miniature art works created from water safe materials; potholders, art journals and scrolls/ banners exploring the too hot to handle issues around sexuality and equality. The provocative group exhibition is curated by Fern Smith held at Artisans of Australia, Drysdale, March 2022.
The works will be hashtagged online during the celebrations of International Women’s Day – month. #ToHotToHandle pays homage to the fourth wave of feminism the social media #hashtag phenomenon, #Meto. #ToHotToHandle indemnifies First Nations art through waterway safe art practice leaving a small footprint. The inclusion of words will highlight our language prejudices and biases; ‘milkshake’ springs to mind the Federal Government’s educational ad on sexual assault.
Why miniatures? A tribute to Rebecca Small the first documented colonial female born on First Nations land. Rebecca means an animal hitched to a railing and the Small is denoting size as referenced in Dammed Whores and Gods Police by Anne Summers. Have we shaken the shackles of our past? Do we speak of a new equal world? What demeans? What supports? How do we feel about all the media hoohar? These are some of the questions explored by artists in #ToHotToHandle.
Proposed objects of art: get creating
#ToHotToHandle – pot holders
Medium: water colour, texta on natural fibres ( wool, cotton, paper, hemp, jute, linen) the works can also be – crochet, tapestry, quilt. If your medium is glass, wood and/or ceramic, please give a 50-100 words on how it fits into the object/subject. Size: 20cms by 20cms square or circular (8×8 inch)
#stain – handmade journals
Medium: cotton, paper linen – natural handmade inks dyes and glued or taped with rice or wheat paste, oncertina or bound. If your medium is glass, wood and/or ceramic please give a 50-100 words on how it fits into the object/subject. Size: 52cms x 52 cms (6 x6 inch)
# a rod for your own back -scrolls/banners
Medium: oil or watercolour on natural fibres (cotton, paper, hemp, jute, linen glued or taped with rice or wheat paste only. If your medium is glass, wood and/or ceramic please give a 50-100 words on how it fits into the object/subject. Size: 31 cms x 91 cms
Creative Restrictions: Think waterway safe when creating work. No works to contain plastics, polymers, and inorganic materials. Preferred reused or upcycle materials where possible. If using glass, wood and/or ceramic be mindful of the process include no poisonous inks dyes and stains only natural glues and no metals.
#ToHotToHandle is in the initial stages of development. Register your interest include: your Name, Postcode, Phone number, Email address, Website address and social media 1 address – to enable you to be updated and sending out a registration form when closer to the exhibition.