Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
Petrified Forest National Park Artist-in-Residence 2016 show
November and December, 2017
The piece I have in this show, Layers, will be auctioned at the end of it's time at La Posada. The money goes to support the A-I-R program at Petrified Forest National Park. Below is the statement about the piece.
11.5 x 4 inches
Hand-dyed, handwoven tapestry
Tapestry weaving is a slow process. The image is built slowly in layers, one bit at a time. My process of weaving felt very similar to the geologic processes that created Petrified Forest National Park. In my month in the park, I hiked as much of it as I could and I was constantly amazed at the beauty of the layers in the rock. I also thought a lot about the span of time represented there.
My work often addresses the nature of time through the influence of landscape. In some ways, being able to look back at events that happened hundreds of millions of years ago in the rocks and petrified wood in the Park helps put our daily human struggles into some perspective. In a world full of short term gratification and goals, taking the long view, whether it is through appreciation of how the landscape was formed or through slowly building up a tapestry image in yarn, helps shift perspective and can even provide hope for the future.
The inspiration for this piece was the unending horizon experienced in my Petrified Forest hikes as well as appreciation of the layered landscape in places like Blue Mesa and Jasper Forest. My residency allowed me to return to these places over and over and experience them in different light and weather conditions: sunshine and snow alike. The layers of color in the tapestry were a reference both to the physical landscape and the learning that occurs when we visit a place repeatedly.
For further information about my residency and images of what I wove while in the park, see THIS blog post.
June 20 - September 8, 2017
artist reception: June 25, 1-3pm (I will not be there though two of my pieces will be)
curated by Marcia Young, editor of Fiber Art Now
Time Warp and Weft
Lyndon House Arts Center
211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601
June 10 - July 29, 2017
artist reception: June 15, 6-8 pm (I will not be there but my work will)
This show is about tapestry diaries and features the work of Tommye Scanlin, Janet Austin, Geri Forkner, Janette Meetze, and Kathy Spoering. The work of these artists is outstanding and is well worth a visit! They have graciously accepted my Petrified Forest A-I-R tapestries to their show.
HGA published an article by Tommye Scanlin about the show in the Summer 2017 issue of Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot titled "Time Warp and Weft: A celebration of the passage of time through weaving." If you can't attend the show, look for the article!