White Parachute is a body of work by Lisa Sewards, capturing a childhood memory of her mother’s experience in wartime Russia. It reveals the human impulse to create order and beauty in the face of displacement and the chaos of war.
As a young child Lisa’s mother lived in a displaced persons camp in Northern Germany and recalls the time when she and her own mother found an abandoned white silk parachute in the neighbouring woods. From this parachute they made clothing and little white silk ribbons for her mother’s hair; her symbols of comfort and hope.
This beautiful story will be told through works on paper, paintings and an installation of a rare WWII white silk parachute canopy which breathes soul and history into this exhibition.
Exhibition to be opened by Sarah Tomasetti, artist and arts educator, on Tuesday July 2 from 5-7pm.
Artist talk & Russian High Tea will be held on Saturday July 13, 2pm.
Image: What Have We Lost ?, 2012, linocut, monoprint, archival digital print on 300gsm BFK Rives cotton rag paper, unique state, 500 x 700mm; Untitled (nineteenfortyfive), 2012, monoprint, embossing, archival digital print on 300gsm BFK Rives cotton rag paper, unique state, 500 x 700mm.