"ART IN FIBER"
Marblehead Arts Association
8 Hooper Street
May 5 - May 27, 2012
by Meredith Cutler (for Artscope Magazine)
Fans of fiber art have reason to head to Boston's North Shore this May. Celebrating their 90th anniversary this year, the Marblehead Arts Association presents "Art in Fiber" at their galleries in the restored King Hooper Mansion.
Curated by Sandra Golbert, Deborah Greel and Claudia Kaufman, the exhibit showcases the varied media recognized under the large umbrella of fiber art through an eclectic array of work by both regional and internationally recognized artists.
The ancient utilitarian form of the basket serves as muse for Brooklyn- based artist Charlotte Thorp, who transforms her vessels from steadfastly functional to purely sculptural using twined cords of waxed linen, Japanese paper and leather.
Brilliantly surfaced works in felt and silk by mathematician-cum-fiber-artist Larry Schulte are included, as are optically charged, geometric weavings by Newton, Mass.-based fiber artist Dora Hsuing.
Paper, with its mashed and intertwined fibrous DNA, holds court in book-based art by Carole P. Kunstadt. Her ongoing "Sacred Poem" series de- and re- constructs the 1844 and 1849 editions of the sacred text "Parish Psalmody." Kunstadt fringes, stitches, knots and even gilds papers from the antique paper tomes to make beautiful art objects layered with meaning.
Image: Charlotte Thorp, "Red Well", hand-spun paper, waxed linen thread, leather cord, 10" x 10" x 6".