Sunday, May 8, 2011

Exhibit by Cynthia Jackson, Jo Fitsell and Sara Rockinger

(left click on the invitation for a larger representation of the details)

A Common Exploration: Art and Artifact Inherit, Inform, Inspired by Cynthia Jackson

Composing With Fibre: Releasing Meaning from Common Threadsby Jo Fitsell and Sara Rockinger

Cynthia Jackson, Jo Fitsell and Sara Rockinger have each been working with textiles and fibre for many years, exploring the many different ways these materials can be used in art.

Although each works on her own, these recent works share something in common by looking back at artifacts, techniques and images and bringing them to life in a new and inspiring way. Three different styles, a common exploration.

The artworks by Cynthia Jackson are inspired by a selection of artifacts in the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s collection—including, but not limited to, the machinery, workers, textiles and the building itself.

The chosen objects reflect a collective inheritance, are informed by their historical significance and combine to inspire the art. Jo Fitsell returns to her birth province after twenty-five years of exploring and experimenting with surface design.

She has reinvented the ancient technique of marbling, revived batiking—silk-screened layers of dye—and introduced painted canvas to her sewing machine. Multiple techniques are brought together in a collage, creating rich and emotional textures that describe the artist’s relationship with nature, wonder and self.

Sara Rockinger creates translucent panels with ghostly images of mill workers from the past, simply using stitch as line, and line as stitch, in graceful and thoughtful remembrances.

Hands are really such lovers and when given the freedom to respond to the beauty, warmth and hidden messages embedded in fabric are in full complement with art-making at its most private and intimate.

While each artist brings to this exhibit a distinctive style and personality, together they form a common exploration of the possibilities for creating contemporary artworks with clear links to the past.

Michael Rikley-LancasterExecutive Director / CuratorMississippi Valley Textile Museum