In May the gallery is featuring a slew of fiber artists. Fibrant headed by Margaret Mount and Fusion by Lou Lou Pink.
FIBRANT | Margaret Mount, Anna Carpenter, Remelisa Cullitan, May Kytonen, Eva Silverstone, Craftivists of the Inland Northwest
Each of the artists are working in their own way to remix fiber traditions in order to explore a variety of concepts including identity, femininity, body, community, and fiber itself in the role of art.
A range of materials and techniques are used in this exploration. Anna Carpenter’s quilt of towels and sheets reminds us of the value of female choice, while Remelisa Cullitan uses pantyhose and hair to normalize everyday parts of women’s lives that are all too often stigmatized. Eva Silverstone and Margaret Mount both use previously worn materials that they have an intimate connection to, as well as embroidery and patchwork techniques, to fit the act of creation into their busy and complicated lives. May Kytonen spins and weaves newspaper and creates connection with her Asian-American identity and community. Community is also the central theme of the baby onesies stitched by Craftivists of the Inland Northwest which celebrates diversity and highlights the increasing need for interconnectedness.
Throughout, there is a stretching of the concept of stitching and fiber arts as “women’s work” in order to push that further into the realm of art and communicate that women’s voices in art are strong and important. While this “push” exists and strives to communicate, there is also the presence of honoring the long tradition of fiber as “women’s work” and the history of the stitches that came before. It is the hope of these artists that we can balance between pushing the art of fiber and acknowledging the work predecessors.
FUSION | Lou Lou Pink
Several months after the 2017 election, Lou Lou Pink was in complete sadness and disbelief watching news reports of the riots in Charlottesville Va. One of the reports showed two men violently fighting each-other. An impactful and profound image that she observed was that they were both wearing blue jeans and the same color shirt with the exact same logo on it. This situation inspired her to create an interactive performance piece.
The scroll Fusion is in response to the propelling disconnect occurring in humanity and the way our government has responded to several national situations. Fusion is a reminder that human life is a tightly interconnected continually growing chain linked together. The articles of clothing in this piece act as surrogates for the individuals contributing to this connected narrative story. This performance piece is created to embrace an exchange of human experience and unity revealing a beautiful visual landscape.