Art League Rhode Island Presents Open Juried National Exhibition: Twisting Fibers: An Art for All Reasons. Twisting Fibers into string is as old as humanity and has contributed to the survival of our species in similarly important ways as food itself. Using our hands in the creation of fiber products is akin to early mark making. Industrialization, with its inexpensive mass production, has nearly eradicated these fundamental expressions of human evolution. Handwork, together with handwriting, is losing its relevance as we are trapped at keyboards and on screens. Nevertheless, fiber art has gained renewed interest and, as much as it is a remnant of the past, it is claiming its place in the future as a mindful creative process practiced by diverse communities and individuals all over the world.
As time itself has become one of the hottest commodities of the 21st century, the labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of handwork stands in stark contrast to the increasing rush that consumes so many of today’s industrialized societies. This imbues handwork with a new value. We can see in a handmade object that time slowed down, which in turn creates a sense of restorative pause. We enter a world where the process cannot be rushed or forced, but where the maker has submitted to the inherent nature of handwork – a meditative creative process integrating body, soul and spirit.
Exhibition: Friday, March 8, 2019 – Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Location: Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Gallery and adjacent Gallery 175, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Opening Reception and Awards: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
Juror: Anastasia Azure handcrafts contemporary art exploring the elegance of geometry. Her artwork creates sophisticated serenity and beauty in spaces. By adapting an ancient textile technique, she weaves hand-dyed nylon and wire on a traditional floor loom. Her sculptures are original, American innovation.
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