SAQA’s Textile Posters combines the familiar materials of quilts with the graphic vernacular of posters in this visually engaging textile exhibition. The selected pieces reflect the wide diversity of posters. What they all have in common is an emblematic economy of text and imagery. Conveying a message in the blink of an eye, it is that particular aesthetic consideration which characterises these textile artworks.
Whether to inform, educate or persuade, some posters in this exhibition grab the viewer’s attention while others are more subtle in their approach, forcing the viewer to study the individual components.
3 Wise Words by Claire Passmore, United Kingdom
My aim is to remind people of the vast amount of unnecessary plastic material which is rapidly taking up space in our landfills and oceans. The poster does not nag, lecture, threaten or rely on complicated graphics to deliver its message. It illustrates instead a single positive action that can be easily fulfilled by anyone.
Shiprock by Cat Larrea, Alaska, USA
Named Shiprock on United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps from the late 1800s, this geologic feature is the remnant of a volcano located in northwest New Mexico. It carries historical and religious significance to the Navajo people and is currently protected by the local Navajo community. My interpretation of this natural phenomenon aims to simplify its structural elements while intensifying, through colour and lighting, its dramatic contrast with the open desert landscape.
Volcano! by Heather Pregger, Texas, USA
Science posters have always intrigued me. The ones dealing with geology, my chosen field of study, absolutely fascinate me. In VOLCANO! I have created my own cross-section of a volcano, complete with a lava dome and a pyroclastic blast.