Saturday, May 8, 2010

Inside Out - Fiber art for the human form

My piece, Mariachi,  will be showing at the Inside Out-fiber art for the human form Exhibition at the
Textile Center's Joan Mondale Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 4 – July 10, 2010.
The exhibition is being held in conjunction with Textile Center's Artwear Symposium.

This piece, Mariachi, is part of my Folklorico Series.

Dance in any culture serves as a repository of a people’s way of life. Embedded in dance are a society’s spiritual beliefs, history, philosophies, and moral codes. Dance can be a powerful tool for teaching the younger generation the ways of their people. Dance can be a tool to demand and sustain social space in an increasingly pluralistic society. Dance can also be a tool to embrace the common links among various peoples. These truths I have known from my African heritage; however, these were reinforced when I discovered folkrorico in San Antonio

As a visual artist, my visceral reaction to folkrorico was to the brilliant visual display of the costumes. The movement of the dancers fused the costumes, and created a visual spectacle that kept flowing, dance after dance. The colors transported my mind back to my childhood in Kenya. The codes embedded in the total theater of the dance were no less important; but to an African woman visual artist, the link to universal humanism, was from that which I could see.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Contemporary Textile Art

The Foundry Arts Center and the Missouri Fiber Artists have co-sponsored a juried exhibition celebrating contemporary fiber art. Two of my pieces, "moon Dance" and "Serenity" are showing in this exhibition. The exhibition runs April 2, through May 14 2010, at the Foundry Art Center, St Charles, MO.

Serenity 30" x 29"

Serenity (Detail)

  Moon Dance 34" x 29"
Moon Dance (Detail)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

                           Delicate Whispers 92" x 50"                     

One of my stainless steel art work "Delicate Whispers", is currently showing at Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University. This is the 2nd Biennial 2010 Texas Oklahoma Art Prize.
This exhibition opened on April 9th and will close on May 29, 2010.

My stainless steel project explores a new language of expression using stainless steel wire. This material is strong yet flexible. It enables me to flow from one technique to another. Within my art  I explore issues of relationships. I weave different materials together, and in spite of their different qualities, they co-exist in harmony.