Brittany Bishop, ‘Deidlike’, 2022. Lily stamens, red henna, dirt on chiffon fabric. 420 x 250 cm. Image courtesy: the artist.

Artist Statement

Deidlike is a suspended textile work that adopts the holistic practices of natural dyeing, experimenting with the concept of an expanded painting. Each fabric section is a visual culmination of the artist's grief, from the hammered funeral flowers, the dirt shroud, to the lived in fabric that collected bodily histories of the artist, over a week-long period, that was later submerged in her hair colouring henna. Deidlike abstracts the deeply traumatic event of losing a grandparent, whilst speaking to the universal difficulty in accepting the “end” of a mourning period. Its installation engages ideas of monument and memorial, with its size conducting viewers to subconsciously perform the act of paying respect. (On Instagram)

Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.