When I sit and sew, I often think of those loved ones who have gone
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Artist Statement & Bio
Grace Ludemann creates narrative driven artworks inspired by her community. As an Artist- in-Residence at the Creative Legacy Program, Grace creates gouache and pencil illustrations
for patients, families and the health community in Palliative Care at Liverpool and Camden Hospital. Her passion for storytelling and background in education informs her work, recalling children's picture books and graphic novels. Grace enjoys experimenting with a
variety of media, but has always preferred the texture of ink, watercolour, gouache and pencil. Her practice serves to express the elements that make our lives full, the spectrum of experiences by which we wish to be known and remembered.
This piece was created in response to historic home and museum, Meroogal House, in Nowra NSW. Sites such as Meroogal are places we can memorialise our foremothers. In her diaries, the daughter of the house describes the women’s work of grieving and processing
loss, inextricably linked with her endless manual tasks.
The zoetrope imitates this process, inviting the viewer to reflect on the ones they have lost and long to see. Mindful concentration and manual work is required to animate the illustrations of my grandmother hand sewing. The frames flicker behind Meroogal’s façade, painted white on a whitewashed screen.