Lodz Blouse Trilogy Publication 22020
Following on from the article written for the Journal Textile: cloth and culture*, I produced a smaller gallery guide publication to document the exhibition and present some of the central themes of the piece.
(2020) Lodz Blouse Trilogy pp6 UCA publication ISBN: 978-0-9930502-9-9
Building on my collaboration with the Forensic Science Service and psychologist Dr. Hermina Hernaiz ‘LBT’ explores new thinking around inherited memory, used clothing and textile process. It employs Henryk Ross’ historical photograph depicting a children’s party, taken in the Jewish Lodz Ghetto, Poland (1942-45); the contemporary viewer fully appreciates the events which lay ahead for these children. Goldsmith uses the image as a universally understood symbol of innocence, suffering, a portal to our past, as well as a direct link to the emerging and substantive scientific studies in epigenetic memory/inheritance, which supports the work.
The photo is used with permission from the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The installation ‘LBT’ develops new practice-based methods in dye-sublimation textile printing which I have been pioneering over a number of years. This printing method, routinely used in fashion/textile industrial manufacture is broadened and deepened within a fine art context for the installation ‘LBT’ and initiates new contexts and possibilities.
This practice-based research expands the field of practical knowledge in this area and especially in ‘LBT’, when it is used in-conjunction with digital embroidery to expertly hide and reveal (manipulation of the directional plane of stitching) the images from the photograph within the garments ‘in plain sight’.
The installation builds on previous work which utilises textile techniques and/or materials to explore and present complex contemporary ideas. Previous work has been exhibited internationally and collected for national collections such as the V&A.
*'Looking beyond the warp and weft: unpicking latent narratives in clothing'. Textile: cloth and culture, 16 (3). pp. 320-332. ISSN 1475-9756 (Print); 1751-8350 (Online)