Artists from the Surface Design Association (SDA) reinvent the map using dirt, felt, cotton, silk, string and countless other fibrous materials in the 3rd International SDA Juried Exhibition at form & concept. Shifting Landscapes explores traditional, non-traditional and contemporary interpretations of place by artists, designers and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials and techniques.
“As SDA heads into its 40th year, it’s wonderful to continue to expand the opportunities that our artists have for making connections, showing their work, and being exposed to different communities across the country,” says Danielle Kelly, Executive Director of the Albuquerque-based artist alliance. SDA has a global member base, and its mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design. Exhibitions like Shifting Landscapes are a primary focus of the association’s efforts, along with the quarterly publication of the Surface Design Journal, conferences, and other events.
The Shifting Landscapes jurors, fiber artist Erika Lynne Hanson and form & concept Gallery Director Frank Rose, selected 41 pieces by 32 artists from four countries. The exhibition explores the theme of landscapes that are representational, abstract, literal, and metaphorical. Landscape is inseparable from the human experience – whether it’s the external experience of urban and rural terrain or the internal topography of thoughts and emotions. Shifting Landscapes explores the stage of experience and asks the viewer to expand one’s definition of landscape. SDA Director Danielle Kelly says, “We can communicate things through art when words fail us. Sometimes the best place to talk about your world is through what you make.”