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July 27 - August 19, 2018

Group Exhibit: "(We)eds"

Frable Gallery

Opening Reception
Friday, July 27, 2018, 6-9 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, August 19, 2018, 2 pm
Free and Open to the Public


Gabrielle Duggan

Working in the context of a rich tradition, I stretch "women’s work" to restore power to marginalized subjects.

Cottonweed is a hand woven, digital jacquard piece that uses cotton as a lens through which contemporary power structures can be considered.

Cotton exemplifies several relationships of power, amongst humans, and between humans and other species. Growing and processing these plants for their fiber has been fraught with both agency and oppression for generations and currently dictates the fate of many people through legal limitations. This strong connection to power has been exemplified through British Colonization of India and Mohandas Gandhi’s use of textiles in civil disobedience (Satyagraha), and its role in American use and cultivation, from slavery to present-day laws restricting natural, independent cultivation.

The structure of the piece reflects these relationships that are balanced in tension, through digital forms depicting contemporary laws around cotton growing that become overpowered and abstracted by the physical, organic elements. GabrielleDuggan.com

Katherine Diuguid

After a number of years doing goldwork embroidery, Katherine had amassed a large collection of metal "weeds" – threads and wires that had tarnished or been damaged and could not be used for formal, traditional goldwork embroidery. One day as she was working on a traditional goldwork piece, her growing pile of "weeds" suddenly reminded her of the dandelions that her son would pick her and lovingly give her. Katherine's "Weeds Collection" explores the manipulation of traditional techniques and materials by utilizing her gilt cast offs to create delicate floral slips reminiscent of the beautiful botanical illustrations from the Victorian era. Each composition captures the beauty of weeds and invasive wildflowers native to North Carolina that Katherine has photographed and sketched near her house and her parents farm in Iredell and Caldwell counties. www.KatherineDiuguid.com

Precious Lovell

"Women can no longer be treated like weeds, plucked and disposed of, in order to silence them!" Precious Lovell

Shelley Smith

This series is an expression of the vast capability of resilience found innate among us all. The source images of trees grown wild in a yard unkempt were taken with an iPhone 5 and reference the strength of a weed left alone to grow strong with only the resources around it. The world often seems too full and so much of life is holding joy in one hand and sorrow in the other. These two experiences can exist simultaneously and at their intersection is where hope
is found. The light of the moon is visible even when the orb itself is obscured.

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