by Denimu in New Art on Thursday 20 September 2012

Chris Roberts-Antieau began her career in art by walking out of an art class and it wasn’t kickstarted again until her son was born and her resulting fascination with his raw, child-like vision. A few years later, it became her hallmark, composed from freehand-cut cloth shapes. She then uses the sewing machine as a drawing tool to define the borders of her figures with a beautiful, almost invisible satin-stitch, and she finishes her pieces with hand- embroidery work. Her ‘fabric paintings’ don’t just mimic a child’s style, however. She applies a child’s eye to adult realities, reminding viewers not to take themselves too seriously, and giving them a chance to remember again the wonder and joy that children find in the everyday.