Michelle Hamer: Are You Having A Good Night?

Michelle Hamer explores the prevalence and pervasiveness of threatening language in everyday life, particularly towards women, in this new series (or social archive) of hand-stitched and hand-drawn works.

Hamer depicts scenes of vivid tropical Hawaiian landscapes, the Australian bush and evening landscapes embedded with LED signage and billboards; vehicles of instant public messaging. In contrast to the immediacy and speed of modern life, Hamer softens the pace with every pull of the thread allowing us to stop and realise that, in her own words, ‘The language we use matters.’

Michelle Hamer, Are You Having a Good Night, 2019, hand-stitching, mixed yarn on perforated plastic, 51 x 198cm (triptych – panel 1 of 3). Courtesy the artist and Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia

Fremantle Arts Centre
26 September to 22 November 2020
Western Australia