The exhibit was on view in the Wilbur D. May Museum and beautifully displayed in a white gallery of just the right, intimate size for such a show. I found myself drawn, especially in retrospect, to the works which departed from the expected and which had relief or three-dimensional aspects.
This piece, Reflection, by Rebecca L. Smith won First Place. Rebecca makes the wedge weave technique her own by incorporating seed beads and by using wire to shape the piece into a relief at least an inch deep.
|Rebecca L. Smith, Reflection, 12" x 12". wool, other fibers, seed beads, wire|
|Rebecca L. Smith, detail Reflection|
While this piece by Jenny Schu entitled Leaf Me Alone 1 also incorporates seed beads, I was captivated by the expert weaving of text in different fonts, even backwards text.
|Jennifer Schu, Leaf Me Alone 1, 10" x 15", hand-dyed rayon, glass seed beads|
|Jennifer Schu, detail Leaf Me Alone 1|
This piece called text and manuscripts to mind in an abstract way. It's Silences, #4 by Julie Lambert, woven of paper thread. I love the simple elegance of this work, the way in which the materials and technique carry the entire weight of the design and concept. It's beautifully displayed, but I wish I could tell whether it is bound in the center like a book or is a scroll.
|Julie Lambert, Silences, #4, 15" x 4", paper thread|
|Julie Lambert, detail Silences, #4,|
I was fascinated to study Deanna Deeds' piece Dialogue, woven of cotton and nylon filament, trying to figure out how it was done. It seems to me to be an investigation into the very nature and structure of weaving.
|Deanna Deeds, Dialogue, 15" x 15", cotton, nylon filament|
|Deanna Deeds, detail Dialogue|
As I write this I'm noticing I--and perhaps the juror--have a bias toward relief and 3D work. In her tapestry Abstract Earth, Penny Collins expertly handles shading so that there is a teasing, now-you-see-it, now-you-don't illusion of depth when one steps back. What seems to be a flat surface hints at topographical relief.
|Penny Collins, Abstract Earth, 13" x 13", wool, cotton|
|Penny Collins, detail, Abstract Earth|
|Jessica Pinsky, Anxiety Series 1, 11" x 8", silk warp, cotton weft, resin|
|Jessica Pinsky, detail Anxiety Series 1|
|Aviva Peres, Double Reason to Celebrate,|
8" x 8", vintage cotton, vegetal stiffener, wire thread
|Aviva Peres, Double Reason to Celebrate|
Wherever you are this summer, I hope you have the chance to take in some exciting art!