15 Jan - 17 Apr 2022

A Tangled Bank

Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Sera Water, Shivanjani Lal, Léuli Eshrāghi, Mehwish Iqbal, Jumaadi, Sairi Yoshizawa

During the recent Sydney floods the eastern bank of the Nepean River broke, causing an unfamiliar comingling of rain, river, and land. As yet another example of extreme weather events in Australia, the flood was a timely reminder of the immediate, and intrinsic relationship between human beings and our natural and political environments.

Against this backdrop, A Tangled Bank brings together contemporary artists who draw on organic materials – often found, recycled, or repurposed – to create works that act as vessels to hold and transfer corporeal, ecological, and cultural bodies of knowledge. The exhibition considers the inherent qualities of the materials utilised by the artists, as a conduit to access complex and often overlooked narratives.

The artists included in A Tangled Bank engage with a diverse range of techniques, often using traditional techniques within a contemporary context, alluding to tangential experiences of environmental crises, histories of forced migration, and the displacement and dispossession of First Nations land.

Ultimately, it is these disparate experiences and narratives that come together, often in uncomfortable ways, to speak the entanglement of our shared history and contemporary climate. Our material world can operate as an archive, but what happens when these individual threads form a tangled bank? One that heaves with the strain of our past, yet also offers a chance for us to bind ourselves, and to mend.

Lorraine Connelly-Northey
Sera Water
Shivanjani Lal
Léuli Eshrāghi
Mehwish Iqbal
Sairi Yoshizawa

Curator Toby Chapman
Assistant Curator Christine Smalley

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General Public: This exhibition is suitable for all ages
Schools: Suitable for Preschool – Year 12 (Early Stage 1 – Stage 6)

A Tangled Bank will give your students the opportunity to analyse our past, present and future, whilst inspiring them to adapt innovative materials and techniques in their art practice. Please see the ‘Schools Bookings and Resources’ section below, for more information and to book.

15 January – 17 April 2022
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About the Artists

Lorraine Connelly-Northey

Lorraine Connelly-Northey’s artistic practice is inherently influenced by her Indigenous and Western heritage. Using discarded, rusty materials, such as fencing wire and scrap corrugated iron, Connelly-Northey repurposes them into traditional cultural objects. The materials reference the impact of European settlement, land ownership, farming and industrialisation on Country. Using traditional coil weaving techniques, she juxtaposes the industrial with the organic, weaving a new narrative in the resulting dilly bags and coolamons.

Dr Sera Water

Dr Sera Water is an Adelaide based artist, arts writer and academic. She embraces the textile crafts of the past to examine both her ancestry and our future. Her works are framed in the Australian settler-colonial personal stories, particularly her own ‘genealogical ghosts capes’ which are woven with a fragile and threatened geological narrative.

Shivanjani Lal

Twice-removed Fijian-Indian-Australian artist and curator personally reflects on the relationship of movement and migration. She explores dislocation and seeks to account for memory, erasure, healing and the archive.

Léuli Eshrāghi

Léuli Eshrāghi is a Sāmoan/Persian/Cantonese interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator and researcher working between Australia and Canada. They engage with Indigenous futurities as haunted by ongoing militourist and missionary violences that once erased faʻafafine-faʻatane people from kinship and knowledge structures.

Mehwish Iqbal

Mehwish Iqbal works across painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and installation art. Her work is veiled by her personal experiences of the social, cultural and political landscapes in both the country of her birth, Pakistan, and her home Australia.


Jumaadi is a Sydney-based Indonesian artist. Working in mediums ranging from gouache on paper to intricate hand-tooled carving and painting on buffalo hide, he creates narratives that weave between Australia and Indonesia. Jumaadi is an arresting storyteller. His works reflect his dual existence between these neighbouring countries and tell historical, cultural, and political stories. Sprinkled in his works are images of animism and spirituality which offer a dreamlike quality.

Sairi Yoshizawa

Sairi Yoshizawa creates ethereal and breathtaking handwoven installations. Using traditional methods such as Ikat, along with knotting, twisting and weaving, every aspect of her work is intricately detailed. Using foraged matter, such as leaves, roots and herbs, Yoshizawa has organically dyed each fibre. Every aspect of this work is considered, a meditation and an act of love and connection to the natural world.

Her textile artworks depict abstract landscapes of our surroundings and what we unknowingly consume in everyday life, through the process of reconstructing materials and natural dyes. For Yoshizawa, the material becomes a ‘being’ that has absorbed the substances in our environment, and that can represent identity and a sense of belonging.

Yoshizawa’s work reflects her interest in the eternal discovery of colours in local landscapes. Natural dye and kasuri-dyeing techniques reveal unpredictable colours and textures; it is like searching for and recording nuances of colours and patterns in the land. Her works mimic the layers of narratives in the simplistic repetitive yet meditative form.

Schools Bookings and Resources

Key Information and How to Book

School Excursions
A Tangled Bank runs from 15 January – 17 April 2022 and is suitable for Preschool – Year 12 (Early Stage 1 – Stage 6). Please click here to find out about our school visit options designed to enhance your students’ experience at the Gallery.

Schools Booking Form
To book an excursion to this exhibition for your school, please click here and complete our Schools Booking Form.

More Information
Click here to visit our ‘Information for School Groups’ page to download a copy of our current Risk Assessment and find out more about our venue, getting here, accessibility, education resources and the booking process.

To discuss schools bookings further, please contact Reception on 02 4735 1100 or gallery@penrith.city

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Curriculum Links
Stay Tuned – The NSW State Curriculum Links for A Tangled Bank will be available closer to the exhibition


Risk Assessment
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A Handy Guide to Attending the Gallery
Attending the Gallery is a remarkable and mesmerising experience for all ages. For some of your students, an excursion to Penrith Regional Gallery may be their first time seeing an art exhibition. To ensure you have a positive and memorable time, we have put together a ‘Handy Guide’ of tips to discuss with your students prior to attending the Gallery.

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