Birmingham-based artist Sue Richardson, known for her Postal Art Event work Burnt Breakfast (1975), exhibits crocheted works made in the 1970s and also more recently constructed body parts “indicating bitter fantasies”. Insisting on the “revalidation of craft” and challenging the “white-cube aesthetic” with humour and dexterity, Richardson achieves form and colour seldom seen in objects made by hand using needles and wool. Yet while Richardson’s works entice a haptic and optical delight of materials, playing with memory and childhood, they also “subvert the womanly connotations of ‘labour of love’ cooking and craft”, poking fun at petty hierarchies in art institutions, and questioning the position of the woman and the mother in the home.
8 March – 21 April 2018
Interview by MK PALOMAR
Filmed and edited by MARTIN KENNEDY