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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ayako Abe Miller, Clemson University Art Department MFA Candidate, to Exhibit in Fiber Fever at The Foundry Art Centre

Spiral Memory, Ayako Abe Miller
This exhibition highlights the use of fiber arts as media and process towards artistic expression. Dyeing, stitching, surface design, weaving, embroidery, quilting, batik, felting, basketry, textile manipulation, soft sculpture, and other mixed media artworks utilizing fibers as their primary material are just some of the many ways that artwork falls under the broad umbrella of “Fiber Arts”. Traditional and contemporary techniques and materials are welcome, as well as any themes the artist explores through fiber arts. Works may be two- or three-dimensional and must be original artworks conceived of and made by the artist. Pieces may be mixed-media, but must be primarily fiber; no photography or videos will be exhibited.  

August 8 - September 19, 2014
Galleries I & II

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 8, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm
FREE & Open to the Public
Gallery Talk: 5:30-6pm

Juror: MARK NEWPORT is an artist & educator living in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Newport’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including solo exhibitions at The Chicago Cultural Center, and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. His work is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cranbrook Art Museum; The Arizona State University Art Museum, Microsoft, and Progressive Insurance. Newport’s work will be exhibited in the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis this April 2014. Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 & his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.

Gathering Shards of Luminescence, Ayako Abe Miller
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Ayako Abe-Miller, Andrea Alonge, Heidi Field-Alvarez, Scott Andresen, Diana Baumbach, Joni Van BockelCaroline ByrneLindsay CashewsPeter Clouse, Braxton CongroveFei DisbrowJ. Casey DoyleJennifer DrinkwaterEmily Dunlap, Nathan Emanuel, Suzy Farren, Jenne GilesLouise Halsey, Candace Hicks, Ruby Horansky, Amy KeeferNichola KinchNancy KoenigsbergKelly Kozma, Susan Lenz, Debra Lewis, Elaine Longtemps, Gabrielle Pescador, Diane Ramos, Michael Rhode, Priscilla Roggenkamp & Keith McMahon, Deann Rubin, Ariel Ruvinsky, Kathryn ShriverLauren SinnerLauren Turk, Clare Verstegen, Irene Walker

Artist's Statement: Spiral Memory
I frequently wonder about the ethereal nature of old memories.  During our lifetimes, we collect a tremendous amount of memories and information which is stored in our brains.  New memories pile up, so that the old memories are buried deep inside the labyrinth of our brain until someone or something awakens them.  It is like the memories and feeling that come flooding back when you stumble across a long-forgotten but favorite piece of clothing. I am interested in reviving an individual’s forgotten memory, and so I created a transformative sculpture that embodies people’s memories.  After tying knots in hundreds of pieces of used clothing, I placed them in a large spiral pathway like a sacred labyrinth, so people can follow the path as if making a pilgrimage. As my media, I chose used clothes to represent fragments of individual memory, because used clothing holds an individual’s residue.  I collected them from my friends from this area, Clemson University’s faculty and students, and local donation centers in order to create a sculpture that connects to this locality. The use of fabric also emphasizes its importance in South Carolina, once home to a former thriving textile industry that has shifted to foreign countries. We can see the evidence of this former prosperity in the many abandoned textile buildings in this area. Therefore, the fabric of clothes implies a memory in South Carolina. Handling these used clothes became an almost ritualistic action as if I were purifying or baptizing individual memories.    I formed a large-scale spiral pathway to emphasize the movement of a pilgrimage.  Sorting the used clothes by color, I created an atmosphere of changing seasons or passing time as a backdrop to this memory pilgrimage.
Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, Missouri 63301

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