photos by our landen callander

june 24 - july 1 2023
opening event : june 24
11:30am - 4:00pm
nextdoor gallery @ the 4217
10 beach road, surfers paradise 
Taking cues from 8 crocheted blankets made by her great-grandmother, hullaballoo by Sunday Jemmott aims to reconcile the knowledge-making power of trivialised aesthetics and familial craft. By re-embodying each blanket through abstraction and expanded painting methods, Jemmott reflects on personal family lineage, queer identity, and the storytelling capacity of craft.   
The hand-crocheted blankets made for Jemmott’s mother, aunts and uncles, have unique pattern and colour combinations that identify each individual. In re-visiting the time, labour, and subsequent visual qualities each blanket holds, it is hoped that the intersection of past and present dialogues of craft can open up broader understandings of the aesthetics and value ascribed to femininity, and identity. 
A hand-made patchworked translucent tent, made up of coloured fabrics and adorned with fringe will envelop the gallery space. Textiles and paintings, united by vibrant abstraction, colour and pattern dance around the walls and open space of the gallery, the work challenges adult cynicism to provide a sanctuary-like enclave for joy and whimsy to be felt once again.
Sunday Jemmott is an emerging Meanjin/Brisbane multi-disciplinary artist and recent Honours graduate of the Queensland College of Art. In their recent work, she mobilises trivialised aesthetics to reframe the devaluing of play in art history and contemporary culture. 
Her experimental and whimsical work uses the rigour of craft and intense chromatic colour to advocate for the seriousness of play, mediating the intersection between the low-brow and the rigid notions of modern painting. Colourful, cute, and sugary aesthetics provide an entry point to a friendly art encounter, accessible and free from the burdens art history can sometimes carry.
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The 4217 + studio is a City of Gold Coast initiative to connect creative collectives with space to thrive and reinvigorate the 4217 Surfers Transit Centre.