Title: Evidence of Absence
Medium: wool, knitting needles, photo, wooden chair
This work is referencing the myth of Penelope who was, according to Greek mythology, weaving a shroud for her father-in-law while her husband Odysseus spent 20 years away fighting the Trojan Wars. To distract the suitors that pursued her during this long absence she told them that she would consider their offers of marriage once the shroud was completed. Since Penelope had no intention of ever accepting their offers, each night she unravelled the shroud and began to reweave it the next day. Evidence of Absence reflects the domestic endeavours of women on the home front whose men folk were absent and fighting a war. Women, who in the midst of their fear for the safety of their men, demonstrated their concern and anxiety for them by committing caring tasks for a hopeful future that was by no means guaranteed.
Since completing a Degree in Fine Art Peta has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions in Albany. These have included paintings, drawings, collage and prints.