Women to Watch 2012: High Fiber
High Fiber was the third installment in NMWA’s biennial exhibition series that features emerging artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. This exhibition illuminates the centrality of textiles to contemporary artistic practice. Prior to the 1960s, textiles were consigned to the “low” world of craft, frequently categorized as “women’s work,” and constrained by social dynamics that included race as well as gender. Because of textiles’ potent reference to the domestic sphere, contemporary artists often incorporate fibers to sharpen the visual and emotional impact of their conceptual works. The seven artists or artist collectives featured in High Fiber stitch, weave, knit, crochet, and wind fabric, felt, yarn, ribbon, wire, and single strands of silk organza into expressive forms that allude to nature, relationships, and the pleasure of making.
The artists selected from a shortlist of 5 to represent the UK for this exhibition are the collective Prick Your Finger. According to Kathryn Wat, Curator of Contemporary Art at the NMWA, “This group’s technical virtuosity, activist outlook, and collaborative spirit exemplify the inventive work being done by textile-centered artists in the UK. ” We are delighted with this choice and to highlight their participation we had a 3 day show from 19-22 September at Riflemaker.
Rachael Matthews was able to attend the opening at the Museum in Washington, DC, and here are two images: