Are You Having A Good Night? is Victorian-based artist Michelle Hamer's first solo exhibition in WA.
For years, Hamer has documented aggressive and patronising language aimed at women. In this new series of intricate hand-stitched works and drawings she continues her engagement with the threatening language many women face daily.
Drawing on an archive of collected language, from her own experiences and those of other women, Hamer's works highlights the pervasiveness of threats, the roles we all play in embedded power and the irony and complexity of language in the #metoo moment.
Captured in the analogue slowness of stitching, Hamer’s scenes depict the pace and immediacy of modern life in vivid tropical Hawaiian landscapes, Australian bush scenes and evening landscapes. Incorporating LED signage and billboards as the vehicle for this messaging, Hamer’s work embeds her experiences in the mundane surrounds of the urban environment and highlights the utter everydayness of threats.
Image: Michelle Hamer, There is No Threat (2019) hand-stitching on perforated plastic, 51x66cm