Ubertas et fidelitas [Screenshot] Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Performance with repurposed textile yarn, duration 1:37.

This performance work takes its name from the motto on Tasmania's traditional coat of arms. Ubertas et Fidelitas  which translates to 'Fertility and Faithfulness'. It is a dedication to the inception of our friendship and this friendship as an example of the broader nature of feminine friendships. Practically, these relationships rely on cultivation and nurture to maintain them, rather than biological dependency. Two individuals are tethered to one another because of the connection they care for and uphold, despite having no other faithfulness to one another beforehand. The resulting relationship can become an immense source of fertility (in personal growth, creativity, culture and education etc) for the individuals who develop it. 

We met in Tasmania, though neither of us were born in this state. By recontextualising and repurposing the words from this state's disused coat of arms; we subvert the colonialist institution to serve a contemporary 4th wave feminist arts practice and hope to
speak to the broader agenda of many within our generation.

Performed at Princes Park, Battery Point, in 2019 and shown at Good Grief Studios in 2020; this work is our first publicly exhibited piece and as such is a prologue to the works to come.

Ubertas et fidelitas Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image from performance with repurposed textile yarn, dimensions variable.

Ubertas et fidelitas Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image from performance with repurposed textile yarn, dimensions variable.

Ubertas et fidelitas Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image from performance with repurposed textile yarn, dimensions variable.

Ubertas et fidelitas Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image from performance with repurposed textile yarn, dimensions variable.

Ubertas et fidelitas Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image from performance with repurposed textile yarn, dimensions variable.

Ubertas et fidelitas Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood, 2019. Digital image from performance with repurposed textile yarn, dimensions variable.

Ubertas et Fidelitas

© 2020 Tilley Wood and Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie

We acknowledge the muwinina people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we live and work. We pay our deepest respects to elders – past, present and emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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