FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication.
According to Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, “The exhibition was inspired by a rich array of historical textiles from drapery to quilt. As such, the complex, multi-part works contrast our culture’s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand. Individual works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions. Using a variety of materials that range from oil and acrylic paint, yarn, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics, the artists interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection.”
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website