Sera Waters

Sera Waters is an Adelaide based artist, writer and lecturer. She is a studio member of The Incinerator, Thebarton, exhibits locally, interstate and internationally, and teaches art history and theory at Adelaide Central School of Art and in the Postgraduate Art History program, Adelaide University. After graduating from the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia (with Honours, 1997-2000) and living a short time in Tokyo, she undertook postgraduate research into Japanese visions of the monstrous and catastrophic (Master of Arts, studies in Art History, Adelaide University, 2003-2006). In 2006 Waters was awarded the Ruth Tuck Scholarship, which enabled her to attend the Royal School of Needlework (Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, UK) to intensely study hand embroidery, particularly blackwork. Combined, these experiences lead Waters into a practice characterised by darkly stitched meticulousness. In 2009 three of Waters’ blackworks from her Crooked Lineage explorations of petty crime were selected to be exhibited in Talente, in Munich, Germany. And in 2011 Waters exhibited more blackworks in Sensorial Loop, the Tamworth Textile Triennial, in the participatory project, Flocked, at the South Australian Museum and in 2012 again in Munich, Germany in Nadlewerk at Galerie Handwerk. In 2013 works collected by the Cruthers collection of Women’s art were shown in a solo exhibition titled Dark Portals at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia. Waters has an enduring interest in colonial Australian history, particularly South Australian, and this is often woven into her practice alongside contemporary narratives.

Her website can be viewed here.