Join artist Sera Waters in conversation with Professor Jennifer Rutherford, Director of The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at The University of Adelaide, as they discuss Waters’ latest body of work Domestic Arts. This event will also include the launch of the exhibition’s accompanying monograph, to be introduced and launched by Liz Nowell, CEO, ACE Open.
Sera Waters is a South Australian based artist, arts writer and academic. She is a graduate of the South Australian School of Art (1997-2000), has a Master of Arts (Art History) from University of Adelaide (2004-06), and is currently a PhD candidate at University of South Australia. Since being awarded the Ruth Tuck Scholarship to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (UK) in 2006, Waters’ art practice has been characterised by a darkly stitched meticulousness. In particular she specialises in black work, and revels in repetitiveness, pattern and crafting. Waters’ embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures dwell within the gaps of Australian settler colonial histories, mostly to examine the home-making practices of women and her own genealogical ghostscapes. Waters exhibits nationally and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.
Jennifer Rutherford is an interdisciplinary scholar working broadly in the field of psycho-social poetics. Her works and research interests explore narrative, memory and place-making, the slowness of cultures and subjects in times of great change, the way individuals and communities dwell in and through the traumas that shape them, and the role that artists and writers play as conduits for change. Psychoanalysis informs much of what she does, as does the troubled history of colonial race-relations. Jennifer holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and social anthropology from Newcastle and Macquarie Universities, a DEA in the Sciences of Language from the EHESS Paris, a PhD in Sociology from UNSW and she trained in psychoanalysis with the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne. She has held research fellowships at the Universities of Sydney and Macquarie and most recently served as the foundation Director of the Hawke European Union Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations at the University of South Australia.