Australian artist Greer Honeywill‘s sculptural work investigates humanity, domesticity, and the changing nature of the home. Her materials range from kitchen graters, skewers, and mop twine to timber framings and personal ephemera. The artist forces the viewer to re-evaluate these objects and investigate the political and social issues and hierarchies which unfold in every home.
Honeywill grew up in suburban Adelaide in the 1950s and her work references this personal past, with allusions to her mother who faced domestic challenges, such as an alcoholic husband. The role of the household woman and the setting of the kitchen are frequently given attention and analysis in Honeywill’s work. Embroidered House, seen above, was inspired by the walk of the ghost crab, an animal scientists refer to as “nature’s housewives.” By drilling thousands of tiny holes in the walls and roof of the house, Honeywill pays tribute to the small tasks that become daily rituals. Their illumination creates a poetic pattern both on the structure and the surrounding walls.
The artist recently showed work at Craft Victoria in Melourne and received her PhD in Fine Art from Monash University in 2003. The artist is currently represented by Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.