The exhibition as a whole addresses the theme of memory and the works in the show approach the theme from a broad range of perspectives. In “Journey Home”, Jacqueline Mallegni attempts to transform recaptured negative emotions and memories into beauty. Her work often references the philosophies of wabi-sabi surrounding acceptance of transience and imperfection. Jason Ripper’s work, “Blood and Bone”, utilizes everyday clothing worn by himself and his parents, directly serving as a personal remembrance of his mother after her passing, but also as a platform to connect with others through the shared experience of loss.
Ayn Hanna’s piece, “White Map #2”, utilizes vintage and reclaimed fabrics to construct a remembered space from childhood; she is inspired by human systems for mapping and organizing ideas, stories, data and place. Jill Powers’ work, “Primordial” imagines the ancient lifeforms and landscape of the New Mexico and Colorado when it was covered by shallow Ocean waters.
The exhibition was juried by Carol Cooper, James Drake and Alice Zrebiec. Invited artists include Polly Barton, Elizabeth J Buckley, Jennifer Moore, Judith Trager, Carol Shinn, Irvin Trujillo and Titus Steiner Cody. Juried artists include Jo Barton, Kelly Butterman, Cindy Dworzak, Molly Elkind, Linda Giesen, Ayn Hanna, Catherine Hicks, Perla Kopeloff Jacqueline Mallegni, Melody Money, Jill Powers, Jason Ripper, Amanda Speer, Dianna VanderDoes and Charlotte Ziebarth.
Please view the exhibition catalog online. Visit www.tanseycontemporary.com for additional information about the gallery and www.evfac.org for information about EVFAC and the 2018 Fiber Art Crawl.
Dr. Alice Zrebiec has wide-ranging interests and expertise in textiles that encompass folk art to contemporary art in fiber. She is particularly fascinated by the porous boundaries and cross-influences among diverse artistic disciplines. A curatorial consultant based in Santa Fe and a principal in Vescen Consulting, she is the former Denver Art Museum Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and textile curator for the department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An art historian with her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts – New York University, she has lectured internationally and published widely on diverse aspects of textiles and tapestries.
Carol Cooper has over 25 years of experience in arts and cultures project development, realization and marketing; community-responsive partnering; and nonprofit capacity building and training. She has worked with State, Federal and international agencies; museums and nonprofit organizations; and is currently an independent consultant.
At New Mexico Arts, Carol managed grants for rural arts enterprises and small community arts organizations. She developed, managed, promoted and advised community, heritage and arts-based creative economy initiatives and partnerships, including the nationally recognized New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails, a cultural tourism partnership promoting 70+ fiber enterprises statewide.
Previous positions were as director of education at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe; consultant on rural women’s development with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Indonesia and Save the Children in Nepal; and regional program manager and trainer with the Smithsonian Institution's Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program. Her MSEd. in adult nonformal education emphasized multicultural community development.
Born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1946, James Drake received both his BFA and MFA from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, as a painting major in 1969 and 1970 respectively. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His art has been exhibited internationally from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. and the 2007, Venice Biennial, in Venice, Italy.
Drake’s collection of 1,242 drawings The Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and travelled to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He has had three books published: James Drake (University of Texas Press, 2008) James Drake: Red Drawings and White Cut-Outs (Radius Books 2012) and James Drake: 1242 (Radius Books 2015)
James Drake is the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Art Grants (1988, 1989) a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2001) and a Nancy Graves Award for Visual Arts (2001)