As an annual installation dedicated to Pleasurable, Lush, Utilitarian, Subjects of Humanity, PLUSH is a tactile mindscape. In its second year, Center Curator, Laura Marsh drafted an open call to artists. Artists who submitted incorporate overlooked materials and objects that symbolize gender roles and domesticity. Artists included are Dava Lipsky Cars; Nicole Czapinski; Gianna Dibartolomeo; Virginia Fifield; Patricia Schnall-Gutierrez; Alette Simmons-Jimenez; Nick Mahshie; Susan Navon; Kerry Phillips; Karen Rifas and Denise Treizman.
Textiles are inherently connected to the domestic environment. In the U.S., fiber art has often been mislabeled as craft or “women’s work,” however, in many countries, textile production is considered men’s labor. Some included works will explore traditional sewing and hand techniques, while others will navigate non-conventional sculptural methods. The artists included in the previous conversation explored anthropomorphism, body politics, class, morphing landscapes, multigenerational lineage, and popular culture.
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