The stitching, sewing, and weaving of fibres is one of the world’s earliest forms of artistic expression.
These techniques have played an important role in human development, and have been traditionally associated with females, domesticity, and craft. Recently, these processes are being appropriated and progressed into unconventional Fine Art techniques by a number of contemporary artists, including: Samantha Bittman, Tameka Norris, and Rebecca Ward.
These three women are able to elevate the traditionally ‘crafty’ medium of sewing into a high contemporary art. Their unique artistic voices will be brought together for the first time in In Stiches, Ronchini’s curated proposal for The Armory Show 2019.
Bittman’s works have never been shown at a major art fair in New York, and for In Stiches, she will create all new works, including a site-specific mural which will flank the back wall of the booth and be a backdrop for her hand-woven geometric wall based works. Norris’ works have also not been featured at a major fair in New York, yet she has been recognized by Modern Painters as one of ’24 Artists to Watch.’ Her racially charged works, which are often autobiographical, involve found fabrics which she sews together and then paints abstracted landscapes and portraiture. She will create two large-scale wall works specifically for The Armory Show. Completing our booth will be three all new works by Ward. Ward’s works have been featured at major institutions including: The Courtauld Institue, The FLAG Art Foundation, The Camden Arts Centre, The Hepworth Wakefield, and The Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, despite these accolades she has yet to appear at The Armory Show.
These three artists will all be new to the New York fair scene, and our curated booth will provide a concise introduction to their influential body of work.