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Sera Waters: Domestic Arts

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ACE Open’s inaugural artist monograph is published in conjunction with its first South Australian Artist Commission: Sera Waters 'Domestic Arts'.

“Titling an exhibition for a contemporary art space 'Domestic Arts' is a pretty bold move. The words conjure an out-of-date framing of home chores from cooking and cleaning to ‘the gentle crafts’, and the construction of this as the domain of women, or ‘women’s work’. It irks of a chauvinistic condescending tone, and carries several centuries of references to publications and schools dedicated to the tutelage of feminine ideals and other forms of women’s oppression. I have to admit; it is a title that made me distinctly uncomfortable. Yet that is exactly what Adelaide based artist Sera Waters intended. “[D]iscomfort and unsettledness is necessary,” she notes, and this new body of work presented in Domestic Arts is an articulation of just why.”

—Excerpt from essay by Miriam Kelly.

60pp, perfect bound
ISBN 978 0 97050239 8 3