Thank you to all of you who’ve already made the trek to see my show, Liberty and Justice, at the Cotuit Center for the Arts . If you haven’t been yet, there are just 2 more weeks to get yourself over there! They report great traffic, with many smiling faces seen on folks coming from the Upper Gallery. To read a review of the show from the Falmouth Enterprise, click here.
You are invited to come hear my talk on Sat., April 13th at 11 AM. I will give a peek behind the scenes at my working process (including making the film) and share what it’s like to shift from safe and secure subject matter to political art.
Liberty and Justice: The Sweet to Satirical Art of Salley Mavor Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, Massachusetts March 2 – April 20, 2019 Artist Talk – “Sweet to Satirical”, Sat., April 13, 2019 at 11 AM
The exhibit will be in Cotuit until April 20th and then a portion (including the film) will go to Kennebunk, ME for The Art of Cute exhibit at the Brick Store Museum (May 1 – Aug. 31, 2019).
I’d also like to remind you that 4 large bas-relief embroidered pieces (Including Displaced, below) are in the Migration exhibit for 2 more weeks.
MIGRATION Imago Foundation for the Arts, Warren, Rhode Island March 14 – April 20, 2019 – Show Dates IMAGO Gallery is located at 36 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885 – 401 245 3348 – Open Thurs 4 – 8; Fri and Sat 12 – 8; Sun 11 – 3 and by appointment.
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This spring, there will be three opportunities to see my work up close and personal in New England. I wish all of you could see the real thing in 3D, because it’s a totally different experience than looking at photos online or in books. With that in mind, inquiries from curators and venues in other parts of the country are always welcome! (Contact me here.)
For these three shows, I was specifically invited to exhibit my new topical and political work. That feels affirming, since breaking out of my comfort zone to tackle real world issues has been unsettling at times. And I’m excited that my work is being recognized outside of the fiber art world. I think that in order for fiber art to be taken seriously in the larger art world, it needs to hold its own when viewed side-by-side with other kinds of art. Opportunities to do this are limited, so I’m thankful for the chance to exhibit my work along with a variety of mediums, sometimes as the only fiber artist. That is also the case in the illustration world, where the majority are painters or computer artists. In this broader context, I am viewed as a visual communicator who just happens to use a needle and thread to say something. But one can’t ignore the unique visceral connection to techniques and materials that fiber art offers. I know that stitching is an integral part of my experience of making art, as well as how others perceive it. How one makes art is an important part of the symbiotic relationship between message and medium. In a simple sense, the creative process comes down to individual marks or gestures that add up to something whole, whether it be with brush strokes, body moves, musical notes, typed letters or stitches.
THE EXHIBITS Liberty and Justice; The Sweet to Satirical Art of Salley Mavor is moving back home to Cape Cod after its successful run at the New England Quilt Museum. My work will also be shown in two curated thematic exhibits – Migration in Warren, RI and The Art of Cute in Kennebunk, ME.
The amazing sculptor, Harriet Diamond and I are featured artists in Migration, a show about migration, refugees and displaced peoples. The Art of Cute takes a serious look at a powerful aesthetic that is often not taken seriously. My works will be examples of how how cute, combined with other aesthetics, can create meaningful art that is ironic, disturbing, political, joyous, humorous and provocative.
LIBERTY and JUSTICE: The Sweet to Satirical Art of Salley Mavor
Liberty and Justice: The Sweet to Satirical Art of Salley Mavor Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, Massachusetts March 2 – April 20, 2019, Opening Reception – Mar. 2, 5 – 7 PM Artist Talk – “Sweet to Satirical”, Sat., April 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM
The exhibit is an opportunity to see a wide array of works by fiber artist and illustrator, Salley Mavor, who has recently added political satire to her repertoire. She uses small dolls as a metaphor for living in a safe controlled environment that has been taken over by outside political forces. The exhibit features a collection of photographs of scenes she created in a doll house and a stop-motion animated film, which satirize the Trump administration. The original dolls and props used in the film will also be on display. Although Ms. Mavor’s foray into political art is the centerpiece of the show, the exhibition also includes original embroidered children’s book illustrations and other artwork from earlier in her 40-year career. The inclusion of these pieces tracks the evolution of her artistic journey from “innocence” to tackling real world issues.
MIGRATION Imago Foundation for the Arts, Warren, Rhode Island March 14 – April 21, 2019 – Show Dates Friday, March 15th @ 6:00 PM – Opening Reception Sunday, March 24 @ 1:00 PM – Artist Talk with featured artists Harriet Diamond and Salley Mavor.
Sculptor Harriet Diamond and Salley Mavor are the featured artists in this group exhibit about migration, refugees and displaced peoples. Four of Mavor’s bas-relief embroidered pieces will be on display – Displaced, Whiskers, Cover Up and Face Time.
The Art Of Cute takes a serious look at a powerful aesthetic that is often not taken seriously. The exhibit is organized into three sections: Normative Cute, Applied Cute and Meta Cute and will explore why we are drawn to that which is cute and how its impact is felt in life, in design and in art.
A selection of Salley Mavor’s topical and political work will be displayed in the Meta Cute or “beyond” cute category. This part of the exhibit explores how cute, combined with other aesthetics, can create meaningful art that is ironic, disturbing, political, joyous humorous and provocative.
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I was excited to receive a copy of Little Thing Magazine, a style and fashion quarterly, which includes an article about my work. It’s printed in Chinese, with a smattering of English headings, but I think most people will just look at the pictures. The winter issue’s theme is Girls Love Illustration and features a dozen interviews with illustrators from around the world. The magazine is girly for sure, but not in a too cutesy. Its editors do a good job of gathering a sophisticated collection of “beautiful things” to pour over. I’m not sure who it’s aimed at, but there’s definitely a youthful, playful spirit that many people (besides teenage girls) can appreciate.
All that said, I find it peculiar that a publication out of Hong Kong would be so devoid of Asian influence. It oozes European style and the fashion pages show only models that look like they’re straight out of Scandinavian central casting. Besides being perplexed by this incongruity, Little Thing Magazine is chock full of inspiring images and I’m grateful that they reached out to me! Incidentally, a couple of years ago, the magazine featured my friend Mimi Kirchner’s tattooed dolls, which she writes about here.