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NEEDLEWORK: Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance - PrØve Gallery, Duluth, MN

  • Prove Gallery 21 North Lake Avenue Duluth, MN, 55802 United States (map)

The fiber arts are more than simply a neutral medium because they are heavily intertwined with the history of sexuality and gender. For a contemporary artist to embrace and work with such history, they choose to engage with intent. They choose to create an intimate, vulnerable, and tactile experience through transformation. In a world where quantity is valued over quality and society takes more pride in commercial consumerism than in handmade goods, fiber artists resist. They express personal narratives through materiality that can allow itself to be fragile and delicate or jarring and loud, utilitarian or decorative. Thus the process, the final product, the concept and engagement with fibers becomes an act of resistance. The artist participates in the process of questioning, analyzing, and deconstructing assumptions and the hierarchies of values that have existed around gender, class, race, and ethnicity.