‘windows’ x-ray series

Artwork for sale is available in the SHOP.

I have based the ‘Windows’ series on x-rays from various sources.  They invite the viewer to peer into the very core of what makes up our identity.  It shows us from the absolute inner-core of our being – something that we cannot fake, airbrush or Photoshop.  It is a ‘secret portrait’, laying bare all that is true within us.  The medium of hand woven tapestry further imbues the work with a sense of humanity through the many hours of tactile, hands-on work required to render these pieces.

Windows No. 1

Windows No. 1

‘Windows No. 1’ by Michelle Driver
2015, hand woven tapestry, wool, cotton & linen – 35.5cm x 52cm (13.9″ x 20.4″) – FOR SALE HERE

::  WINNER Open Prize, Port Pirie Art Prize 2016
::  FINALIST, Emma Hack Art Prize 2016

Windows No. 2

Windows No. 2

‘Windows No. 2’ by Michelle Driver
2016, hand woven tapestry (wool, cotton, linen) – 35.5cm x 46cm (13.9″ x 18.1″)

::  FINALIST, Gallery M Open Contemporary Prize 2016
::  FINALIST, Contemporary Art Awards 2017

Windows No. 3

Windows No. 3 – Self Portrait

‘Windows No. 3 – Self Portrait’ by Michelle Driver
2016, hand woven tapestry (wool, cotton, linen) – 38.5cm x 45cm (15.1″ x 17.7″)

‘Windows No. 3 – Self Portrait’ is based on one of my own x-rays, and is both a cheeky rendition of the traditional artist’s self portrait, and a social comment on what constitutes ‘beauty’.

In this day and age we can manipulate images to how we would like to portray ourselves, but there are no guidelines for ‘internal beauty’.  Is my pelvis too big, is my spine the right shape for society’s expectations?  Who cares?

::  FINALIST, Heallreaf 2, International Exhibition Of Woven Tapestry 2017 (UK)

::  FINALIST, 2017 Tatiara Art Prize

hand woven tapestry, tapestry, xray, skeleton

Windows No. 4

‘Windows No. 4’ by Michelle Driver
2017, hand woven tapestry (wool, cotton, linen) – 28.5cm x 28.5cm (11.2″ x 11.2″)

::  FINALIST, Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award 2017

hand woven tapestry, contemporary art, ct scan, artwork dementia

‘Windows No. 5 – Portrait Of Dementia’ by Michelle Driver
2017, hand woven tapestry (wool, cotton, linen) – 36cm x 48.5cm (14.1″ x 19″)

::  FINALIST, Whyalla Art Prize 2017

‘Windows No. 5 – Portrait of Dementia’ was inspired by a series of CT scans, which have been interpreted through the medium of hand woven tapestry. Although dementia is stigmatised as a condition focusing on memory loss, it is well documented that patients still retain personal long term memories. This manifests itself through a preference for favourite music, activities and, in the case of this artwork, favourite colours. This piece is a celebration of a vibrant and colourful life.