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Carole Waller is perhaps best-known for her art-to-wear clothingbut her dye-painted viscose hangings are an equally important part of her oeuvre. Both garments and hangings represent their maker’s fascination with light, air and movement. Indeed, the play of light upon the images and marks on these translucent ‘canvases’ is vital to the onlooker’s appreciation and understanding of Waller’s artistic pre-occupations. In 2003 Waller was challenged to find a way in which she could display her delicate fabrics in an outdoor setting. In response she discovered how to laminate her fabrics between straight or curved sheets of strengthened glass. The first six panels, commissioned from Waller by Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire for an alfresco environment, were a strong statement of her success. Along with Candace Bahouth and Kaffe Fassett, Waller is part of the current show at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, and is also working for a solo show at the Crafts Study Centre of the University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham. For this latter exhibition, she is creating a site-specific installation with six new glass pieces as well as painted panels and film. Normally shying away from highly controlled environments, Carole Waller is excited by the degree of experimentalism involved in this project. Film is a new medium for her and she sees its role as simultaneously holding the space together and making it move. The fusion of fabric, film and glass makes up a large sculptural work that deals with themes of memory and characters “known and remembered”. This context is intended to involve rather than manipulate the viewer and it will beintriguing to see what Carole Waller, in an experimental frame of mind, will create in the space at Farnham. •••IW Meeting Place, Crafts Study Centre, University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, T: 01252 891450, 8 April-21 June, Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4; artist’s talk: 21 May 5pm (booking essential) •The Blue and White Show, Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, T: 01225 477233, until 30 March Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1.30-5


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