Dianne Firth, Canberra, ACT

E-mail: Dianne.Firth@canberra.edu.au

Starting with traditional bed quilts several decades ago, I have moved to using the quilt medium as a vehicle to explore issues and express ideas. Many of my works are informed by my training as a landscape architect and also from my observations of the relationships and interactions between nature and people. Using a process of abstraction I like to manipulate line, colour and texture to capture an idea, highlight an issue, or evoke a visual and emotional response in the viewer.

My quilts are held in public and private collections in Australia, Europe and USA including: the National Gallery of Australia, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Museum of Australia, Canberra, University of Canberra Art Collection, Wangaratta Gallery Victoria and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Floating

Retail Price: $1500
Dimensions: 190 x 106cm
Statement: This whole cloth wool quilt was inspired by the dry stone gardens I saw in Japan. Could they be islands surrounded by the sea, bubbles floating on water or just rocks set in raked sand?
Photographer: Dianne Firth

 

Black Mountain

Black Mountain by Dianne FirthRetail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 68 x 139cm (H x W)
Statement:  Black Mountain is a prominent mountain in central Canberra. The aboriginal name for it is Ngambri. This work is the third part of a triptych which was created as a response to a poem written about it by Subhash Jaireth
Exhibitions: Poetry and Place solo exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

Canberra

Canberra by Dianne FirthRetail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 69 x 100cm(H x W)
Statement:  Inspired by a poem by Pamela Beasant, this work responds to a visitor’s experience of Canberra
Exhibitions: Poetry and Place solo exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

Kamberra - Dianne FirthKamberra: a Hundred Years On

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 78x80cm (H x W)
Statement:  Before European settlement Canberra was a meeting place for regional aboriginal tribes. Now it is the meeting place for the Federal Parliament. This work is a response to a poem by Jeanine Leane
Exhibitions: Poetry and Place solo exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

 

Make it Red

Make it Red by Dianne FirthRetail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 150 x 150cm (H x W)
Statement:  A commission from Germany for a functional quilt. It would be used on the lounge in their modernist sitting room. The only other requirement was that it be red.
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

Trundling Orbs

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 85 x 104cm (H x W)
Statement:  The sun, earth and moon partake in a slow rhythmic dance across the sky.
Exhibitions: SAQA’s travelling exhibition Dusk to Dawn
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

Seaweed

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 136 x 91cm (H x W)
Statement:  Seaweed gently waving in the ocean current became the inspiration for this abstract work
Exhibitions: Golden Textures 2019
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

The Kiss

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 83 x 87cm (H x W)
Statement:  Lips – large and sensuous
Exhibitions: ‘Rhapsody’ at Visions Art Museum San Diego USA 2019
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

Twisted

Twisted

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 100 x 70cm (H x W)
Statement:  Two strands start to twist together.
Exhibitions: ‘Connected’ for SAQA Oceania, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski