Sara LINDSAY, Pedestrian 1-5 Enlarge 1 /1


Oxford, England, Great Britain born 1951

  • Australia from 1966

Pedestrian 1-5 2002-2003 Description: set of 5 tapestries

Collection Title: The Pedestrian Series
Place made: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, tapestries, cotton, wool, linen high-warp woven tapestry

Dimensions: overall 176.00 h x 475.00 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.78.A-E

Sara Lindsay’s work encompasses imagery from a wide range of textile types, styles and traditions, and she has long used black-and-white checked gingham, a common fabric style, in a variety of ways. In Pedestrian 1–5 she has deconstructed the visual elements of this fabric pattern, weaving them into a dazzling linear orchestration of black, white, blue and gold stripes. This set of five tapestries is designed to exceed the viewer’s field of vision when viewed up close. Set in a painted pink field, each of the five woven panels reverberates, as if activated by an unseen monitor, to evoke the rhythm of the city: the flicker of urban structures glimpsed from a moving train, street markings, grilles and pinstripes. This work, like Lindsay’s earlier compressed ginghams, deals with optical illusion and visual unease, and is doubly complex in that it derives from a computer-generated image while being woven in the most traditional and laborious of ways.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra