Charlee Carthew-de Looze is a Brisbane (Meanjin) based textile artist and an outgoing graduate of a dual degree of Fine Art (Visual Art) and Business (Advertising). Her practice aims to recontextualise domestic textiles whilst exploring personal memory. Her utilisation of text investigates personal and collective emotions through a focus on processes such as sewing, mending, embroidery and textile installation. Such processes as employed by Carthew-de Looze are commonly considered “craft” rather than fine art, and act to contextually reference “women’s work”.
This recontextualisation seeks to examine how domestic textiles, such as cloth, thread, curtains and doilies, can be considered within the fine art cannon and engage with historical feminist narratives. Further, self-portraiture plays an integral role within Carthew-de Looze’s practice, reclaiming representation of the female body and acknowledging the fundamental tactile connection between the human form and textiles.
QUT Vice-Chancellor Scholarship
Queensland University of Technology -2017
Metro Arts, Brisbane
August 31st - 2019
Third Quarter Gallery, Brisbane
January 11th-23rd - 2020