As a sixth generation Australian woman of European descent, my work explores a sense of place: as artist-creator my aim is to relate to and re-interpret the evolution of indigenous northern European cultural and spiritual heritages from the perspective of the southern hemisphere - to uncover a new ecology of consciousness, an indigenous consciousness related to person in place.

In the local domain, the place that I inhabit is the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia, which has recently been declared a World Heritage National Park.

The philosophical motivation behind my artwork is particularly evident in the development of a body of quilt works, known collectively as The Wheel of the Year.

The original series, completed for a Masters thesis in Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney, created a 'transitional imaginary' in order to find relevance for ancestral cultural stories transplanted to a contemporary Australian environment and culture - in particular, the often hidden/lost stories of powerful women, divine and mortal.

This was done symbolically by applying and adapting conventional quilting patterns and designs in innovative ways. The blocks and layouts took on multiple layers of significance in the designing and planning of my research method and process, and often in the final shapes of my quilts.

This creative process is recorded in my book Seasons of the Soul: the Wheel of the Year in Quilts, telling my story of a metaphysical journey to this ancient land.

Another aspect of my life as artist, is through facilitating and curating a series of exhibitions for art quilts, under the banner of 're-fabricating'.I believe that art is profoundly political and spiritual.

Art is inherently about the process of creating, culminating in visual form, where process and product become inextricably linked. The process of making art provides the space for the exploration of a reflexive relationship between inner and outer worlds, the now and then; by imagining the 'real' it has the power to become so.

Working creatively with textiles has developed a deeper personal understanding of how the visual arts profoundly influence the beliefs by which we live - that visual representations have the power to profoundly affect/effect a worldview. From this viewpoint, the role of the artist can be considered sacred, and it is by means of this process that artistic creation and social change occur in cyclic reciprocity. The potential of the textile medium as a means of expression for women in contemporary culture is growing - as our imagination for change grows.

© Annabelle Solomon