Behind the Apron
2 February - 10 March 2024
Behind the Apron
The evocative household scene of portrait-lined walls and seated figures will be strangely familiar in Behind the Apron. Sonia Ward’s first solo exhibition examines how ancestry, secret-keeping and the remnants of the past impact future generations. The work plays with the relationship between the artist and viewer, establishing mnemonic prompts to shared personal, biographical and historical narratives.
“Engraved in my memory is the image of my grandmother wearing an apron. Only later in life have I learned about her past, the story behind her apron, the life events and hidden secrets that shaped her character.”
The artist’s memories and reflections on her familial histories initially prompted her to make experimentations on cloth–layering, dissolving and staining it to create evocative portraits. These experiments were further developed into a diverse body of work, including strangely familiar textiles, digital prints, and performance art.
Ward aims to emotionally connect with the viewer through their recognition of these objects, images and art historical references, and through real and implied memories from that process. The artist invites the viewer to connect by placing their own narrative within the space, to be self-aware, and to question what emotionally resonates. Do the floating portraits and childlike figures evoke feelings of familiarity, or are they the trace of another’s past life?
5pm Friday 2 February 2024
Contemporary Doll Workshop
$90 - $110 | 9.30am - 12.30pm Saturday 17 February 2024
Join Sonia Ward in The Studio to create a unique contemporary doll inspired by her exhibition. Full details here.
Also on display during this periodAll Exhibitions
2 February -
10 March 2024
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Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm
Gallery closed Mondays, public holidays and during exhibition install weeks.
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Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.
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Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a strategic partner of Umbrella's program.