Building on a legacy of excellence in South Australian art publishing, ACE Open produces periodic artist monographs and the celebrated Broadsheet Journal.
ACE Open’s inaugural artist monograph, Sera Waters: Domestic Arts is published in conjunction with its first South Australian Artist Commission.
“Titling an exhibition for a contemporary art space Domestic Arts is a pretty bold move. The words conjure an out-of-date framing of home chores from cooking and cleaning to ‘the gentle crafts’, and the construction of this as the domain of women, or ‘women’s work’. It irks of a chauvinistic condescending tone, and carries several centuries of references to publications and schools dedicated to the tutelage of feminine ideals and other forms of women’s oppression. I have to admit; it is a title that made me distinctly uncomfortable. Yet that is exactly what Adelaide based artist Sera Waters intended. “[D]iscomfort and unsettledness is necessary,” she notes, and this new body of work presented in Domestic Arts is an articulation of just why.”
—Excerpt from essay by Miriam Kelly.