Summary

Textile Wall Piece 'Soft Wall - Homage to Bartok' by Klara Donath, circa 1991. In 1987 Hungarian born artist Klara Donath was awarded a grant by the Australia Council to work as an artist in residence in the Melbourne Hungarian community for eight months to create two large mixed media wall installations for the Hungarian Community Centre in Wantirna. The two works are designed to express the pride, dignity, romanticism and poetry at the heart of the Hungarian character.

The project, which took four years to complete, resulted in the creation of two complementary artworks. 'Soft Wall - Homage to Bartok' is a textile work based on traditional Hungarian folk embroidery motifs and stitches. It is made of many small pieces crafted by individual craft workers. These pieces have then been stitched into large panels and made into 'wings' which wave out from the surface of the work. Donath sees this work with its emphasis on tactility, texture and softness as feminine.

Klara studied art and painting at university in Hungary, before she was expelled for her political views. After escaping Hungary in 1956 and immigrating to Australia, Klara worked in a variety of jobs to support her family. Klara has continued to create work in her chosen medium of textile art. Much of Klara's work draws upon her Hungarian cultural origins and Bartok's music is a constant source of inspiration for her.

Physical Description

Textile wall piece consisting of five large, rectangular wooden panels covered in black fabric and 3-dimensional forms which are made from multi-coloured textiles, foam padding, braid and beads. The forms have been secured to the wooden panels by copper wire. Four of the panels have three giant pods each and one has two pods.

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