Alvena Hall, West Lakes, South Australia

Website: www.alvenahall.weebly.com
E-mail: alvenah@senet.com.au 

Heart Sparks

The quilts are about my very own precious heart. In the aftermath of some aggressive cancer-care, it was damaged. But now I am the bedazzeled recipient of that magic gadget, a pacemaker. Along my way on this facinating journey I colllected very interesting files concerning my interior: ECG’s, Ultrsound scans and more. These are represented, along with grandee’s drawings of Nanna’s ‘wonky heart, and images from an 18th century text. I love my heart, and love-hearts were pulled up for shibori resists, ultrasound imagery made into repeat patterns and ECG’s swing by in a rhythmic pulse. The quilts are not intended to be confronting but celebrate a fabulous technology, that allows a continuity of a personal Maker’s Path.

Heart Sparks: Heart ache 1

Retail Price: AUD$750
Dimensions: 76 x 58cm (30 x 23in) (H x W)
Exhibitions: Dare to Differ 2015

Heart Sparks: Heart ache 2

Retail Price: AUD$750
Dimensions: 76 x 58cm (30 x 23in) (H x W)
Awards: Quilters Guild SA Art Quilt award 2015

 

Eye on the Reef

Alvena Hall-Eye on the reef-Low tideWilliam Saville-Kent published in 1893 his beautiful ‘Great Barrier Reef of Australia’ to great acclaim. His photography and water colours had me flying off to a remote pontoon, then onto an expedition to the Ribbon Reefs. Many, many people are keeping an eye on the reef, nervously documenting its changes.

Eye on the reef: Low tide
Retail Price: POA
Dimensions: 122 x 70(H x W)
Statement: Drawing on a WSK watercolour, an Old Eye watches the tide’s retreat, leaving corals exposed. But seeing through a mask, one catches little lens-views of teaming diversity under the sea. Whole cloth, applique and digital lace motifs.

Alvena Hall-William's Eye on the Reef

William’s Eye on the Reef
Retail Price: POA
Dimensions: 44 x 72 (H x W)
Statement: This is a smallish marquettte, portraying a huge tidal surge threatening a small island, and rolling over coral gardens already damaged. A red sea-fan becomes dislodged; bleaching is evident. As witness, the Eye represents any one of thousands of worried reef-watchers.

Alvena Hall- WSK-His eye on the ReefWSK: His eye on the Reef
Retail Price: POA
Dimensions: 122 x 70(H x W)
Statement: Tides rise in the mangroves along the coast, leaving some plants isolated. Below the reef seems to be flourishing, save for some fragmented and bleaching staghorns. Kent was the first to photograph bleached corals: it’s the first image in his famous book.
Exhibitions: Golden Textures, Maryborough 2017