Miriam Kelly is a senior curator at Artbank. This catalogue essay was first published for the ACE Open South Australian Artist Commission 2017 monograph series to coincide with the exhibition Sera Waters: Domestic Arts at ACE Open, Adelaide, 21 July – 26 August 2017.
Card image: Sera Waters, Telling Tales On Terry Towelling: Fashioning locals (2016–17), towel, wool, cotton, bedsheets, velvet, trim. Courtesy the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery. Photo: Grant Hancock