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The Australian National University

Michael Brennand-Wood

Pretty Deadly, 2011

Country: UK

visited in 2013

Workshop: Textiles

Born in 1952 in Lancashire, UK, Michael Brennand-Wood's practice is heavily influenced by childhood experiences – with a grandmother as an industrial weaver who taught him to sew, knit and embroider and an engineer grandfather who enjoyed working with wood and metal. In an interview with Diana Woolf in 2011, the artist states that ‘my two grandparents are responsible for my interest in the two materials that are primal to my work – wood and textiles.’

His studies started out at Bolton College of Art and Design, which led on to a BA (Hons) textile degree at Manchester Polytechnic. Brennand-Wood’s ability to challenge and extend the boundaries of the traditionally female domain of textiles is seen in his signature, elaborate and sculptural wall-hung pieces, which are explorations of three-dimensional line, structure and pattern. His concern is with the way images are processed – a decorative surface draws the viewer beyond and into something more complex and critical, even seductive. The profound energy and natural curiosity the artist has for a diverse range of materials, methods and processes is revealed in his impressive body of work to date.

Brennand-Wood’s studio practice and career has evolved over forty years of diverse creative output and achievement, into a hugely successful international practice today. His work is currently held in major public, corporate and private collections worldwide, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Crafts Council UK, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.  As well as exhibiting extensively across the UK, Europe, the US, Asia and Australia, the artist has been awarded a number of prestigious accolades and is the subject of many publications. In the artist’s retrospective, Forever Changes was held in 2012 at Ruthin Craft Centre, UK.

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