Discovery: Emerging Artists 2019

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GROUP EXHIBITION

Discovery: Emerging Artists 2019

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY

ARTWORK

Moon River
18” x 17”
Used plastic bags
2018


 

I am delighted to be a part of Discovery: Emerging Artists 2019 at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, NY. Not only is Stone Quarry Hill Art Park a beautiful place that enables interaction between artwork, nature, and people, but it was also founded by a female artist (Dorothy Riester)!

On View June 1 - June 30th, 2019

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Artist Statement

Tapestries weave fibers into stories. These stories tell cultural histories of the generations before us. A rug, a cloth, a wall hanging.

What will we be leaving for the future? 

My work investigates the afterlife of items we use every day — particularly the plastic bag. 

I am interested how we can reuse waste and landfill to create something beautiful and usable, as an artwork and artifact. To create one tapestry, I use a variety of plastic bags that I have accumulated — unwillingly! — over time as a resident and consumer in New York City. I then select a particular color scheme and break down the bags to create plastic yarn. Then I weave imagery and patterns that have special meaning to me into the piece

Initially, I reused plastic bags because that was all I could afford as natural fibers can be very expensive and especially if you aren’t sure how much of something you might use in a piece. While I still have to be economical when it comes to art supplies, I’ve realized that using plastic bags is very symbolic to me with and my struggle with consumerism and personal identity, both things that I have been thinking a lot about and have conflicting feelings about. 

My work is not overtly environmental, though I hope to help encourage more mindful usage of materials. I’m also a realist that our use cannot simply be stopped, and perhaps instead we need to look around and start to reuse when we need something, instead of buying new. 

I have created with reused materials my entire life and am only now realizing how strong this desire is for my own art practice and way of life. 

As a fiber artist, I discovered weaving about four years ago. I initially wanted to learn how to create textiles to use for fashion design, but quickly found out how tedious the process is and could not imagine cutting up something I spent months weaving. Each piece I create is unique and still sometimes takes months. I am working on my own process and hope to create large scale work using a variety of fiber art techniques, including weaving, dyeing, sewing, embroidery, and macramé, with a focus on reused materials.