Un:Seen exhibition is confronting and powerful

Thunder Eggs by Forster artist Robyn McGrath is among a number of works currently showing at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. Photo: Scott Calvin.
Thunder Eggs by Forster artist Robyn McGrath is among a number of works currently showing at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. Photo: Scott Calvin.

It's confronting and powerful and on show at the Manning Regional Art Gallery until January 19.

Un:Seen is an exhibition by a group of 20 untethered fibre artists.

"Every year they choose a theme and they work on them for about 18 months before an exhibition," said gallery director Rachel Piercy.

"They have a curator who works with them, who interrogates them and will bring their works and ideas and what they're going to do for the exhibition.

"They all work very differently, in fibre and textiles.

"Un:Seen is the theme, and there are some very dark works. Some a quite distressing and some are really powerful."

The works cover a variety of topics including child sexual abuse and bullying.

One of the installations is by Forster artist Robyn McGrath.

Her "Thunder Eggs" have been created as a metaphor for the particular beauty and inner strength of each human spirit.

Formed unseen in caves of heat; abruptly ejected. Hidden, lost, buried, weathered and abraded outside, always concealing the centre until opened to reveal the unique beauty and essence within.

The work has been made with a combination of wool, silk, dye, synthetic fabrics, wet felted, free motion machine stitch, hand embroidery, beading and disperse and marble dyeing.

The Manning Regional Art Gallery, in Macquarie Street, Taree, is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.