Lawson's Shaelene Murray's new work

Lawson's Shaelene Murray has a new work on show in a Darlinghurst gallery later this year.

'Kin' reflects on the complexities of familial relationships and is constructed in a process she calls 'steel on steel' embroidery.

Kin exhibit: Scallywag portrait.

Kin exhibit: Scallywag portrait.

The solo showing is on at the Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney from October 9 to November 2.

"The complexities of the mother/child relationship are endless. Each by their presence, absence, will or need, cut and sew the fabric of our lives," Ms Murray says

As English writer Dame Agatha Christie wrote: "a mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path".

Yet, as Ms Murray says, these are the women who paradoxically and pragmatically both instil and comfort our fears.

Shaelene Murray's sculpture speaks of history, experience, nostalgia, gender and society. She studied and taught ceramics at East Sydney Technical College, obtaining a First Class Honours Degree in Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in 1995.

She was a finalist in the Wynne Prize in 2013, longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize in the UK in 2016 and a finalist in the 2017 Deakin Small Sculpture Prize and 2018 The University of Western Sydney Sculpture Prize.