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Ann Greenwood: Following Threads - A Retrospective
Dec 2, 2023
Feb 18, 2024
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'Following Threads' is the first major retrospective for this pioneering artist, who has influenced generations and reshaped the way we see textile art.

"The work of Ann Greenwood is courageous in a world where the spiritual life is out of fashion", writes The Reverend Ken Parker OAM. Indeed, in our world of frenetic pace and overabundance, her stylized abstract wool weavings and embroideries are an appeal to the inner spirit. Greenwood draws on a range of sources, from the mythological to the psychological, by way of the sacred with occasional deviations through landscape, to create luminous and transcendent visions in fibre.

Following Threads is the first major retrospective for this pioneering artist, active since the 1960s—quite often in and around Gippsland—who has influenced generations and reshaped the way we see textile art.

Her practice has explored rich themes related to Jungian psychology and the archetypal stories of humanity which transcend culture and time.

Accompanied by a new book of the same title by exhibition curator Dr Louisa Waters, Following Threads is an in-depth exploration of Greenwood’s life and work in two parts: ‘Ann the Weaver 1965-1998’, and ‘Ann the Embroider 1998-2004’.

Selected Artworks
Ann GREENWOOD
The Fifth Day of Creation
Year:  
1992
Medium:  
Wool weaving.
Size:  
220 x 100cm
Private collection.
© 
The artist.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The Appearance of the Mandorla
Year:  
1998
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The Birth of the Pearl
Year:  
1998
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The Descent of the Octopus
Year:  
1998
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The Descent to the Pearl
Year:  
1998
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The First Octopus
Year:  
1998
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The Holding Hands
Year:  
1998
Medium:  
Hand embroidery
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The Offering of the Pearl
Year:  
2004
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The Rose
Year:  
1998
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Octopus Story: The Transformation of the Octopus
Year:  
1998
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery.
© 
Donated by the artist, 2021.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Peacock Garden: A Coming Together
Year:  
2004
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Private Collection.
© 
The artist.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Peacock Garden: An Incarnation
Year:  
2004
Medium:  
Hand Embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Private Collection.
© 
The artist.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Peacock Garden: The Dancing Flame
Year:  
2004
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Private Collection.
© 
The artist.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Peacock Garden: The Door in the Wall
Year:  
2004
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Private collection.
© 
The artist.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Peacock Garden: The Emergence
Year:  
2004
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Private collection.
© 
The artist.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Peacock Garden: The Secret Garden
Year:  
2004
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Private collection.
© 
The artist.
Ann GREENWOOD
The Peacock Garden: The Shattering
Year:  
2004
Medium:  
Hand embroidery.
Size:  
17.6 x 17.6 cm
Private collection.
© 
The artist.
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