Kirsten Fredericks members of the congregation, 2011 crochet and paper flowers in pot 36.0 x 32.0 x 25.0 cm $700
Bondi artist Kirsten Fredericks (b. 1972) takes the phallic symbol and, armed with crochet hooks, wool, and her knowledge of a traditional 'feminine' craft, gives it a swift kick to the nether region ... then buys it a bouquet. The result is an irreverent, culturally charged homage to the male reproductive organ.
Fredericks's latest series, Here Comes The Bride is a playful potpourri of penises dressed to the nines in wedding finery. Presented in handsome pots, urns and domes direct from the wedding registry Here Comes The Bride is a colourful, tongue-in-cheek study of Every Girl's Big Day and its players.
So it is with the greatest honour Fredericks presents The Blushing Bride, dressed in an exclusive hand-made white sheath that shies away from traditional Swarovski crystal embellishments and is instead tasefully studded with selected seasonal blooms.
As you mingle and make small talk, mind The Druncle, with his trusty arsenal of inappropriate one-liners and 'jokes'; instead, adjust the baby's breath in your hair or buttonhole and congratulate the Mother of The Bride, a vision in slimming magenta.
The kitsch-tastic cocktail reception continues with Members of the Congregation who, straw-polled by increasingly inebriated guests, reveal in the overwhelming majority that yes: Size Does Matter.
A knitwear designer for 12 years, Kirsten Fredericks has created one-off couture for Australian labels such as Cohen et Sabine, Vicious Threads and Beauty of Nature, and department store Myer.
In 2011 Kirsten was included in Hands on - Craft in Contemporary Art, and Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Blacktown City Art Exhibition, Blacktown Arts Centre as well as the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards.