Fiona Davies – Exhibition

Blood on Silk: Surgery: This work is a multi panel woven work to be installed in the foyer of the science building at Macquarie University. This work references the predominance of code as the preferred way of seeing or understanding. The diagonal red and white stripe of the Barber’s pole indicated the location of a surgeon.  Bandages red with blood were wrapped around the white pole to form the marker of the trade in leech craft and bloodletting.

Blood on Silk: Field of Flowers: This work will consist of thirty  museum type plinths. On each will sit three hand sewing baskets re-lined with beaded floral fabrics, embroidered flowers, oya or gold paper flowers over the original red, pink or orange linings of the baskets. This work references cultural material brought back by Sir Aurel Stein and his expedition specifically from Dunhuang and Miran  in China.  Early textiles including panels of flowers from temple canopies were loaned to the British Museum, British Library, the India Office and the V and A.