|Filtered/The Water Stains, fiber-reactive dye on silk.|
If you're in the Phoenix area, I highly recommend taking a trip to ASU's Tempe campus and viewing Elise Derringer's MFA thesis exhibition, Perception & Passage. I have a few photographs to give you an example of her work, but I'll warn you - as great as the pieces look in the photos, they are even better in real life!
|Keeping What's Important, fiber-reactive dye on silk, salt, sand, spices.|
Elise worked mainly with silk, dyed in different ways and sculpturally combined with sand, concrete, and other materials. In her artist's statement, she describes her work as "... a record of a few small steps on a long path, and left open for understanding." Each piece shows this record in a different way - some, such as Here and No Further: High Water Mark, show the leftover effects of time, others a quick snapshot of a moment gone. With Inaccessible Pockets, one of my favorites, stones are sewn into pieces of silk that have been dyed and printed. On each frame is a sentence describing a piece of time in the past. Unfortunately, I did not get good photos of either.
|What is Truly Lost & Truly Left Behind, fiber-reactive dye on silk, tar, salt, steel.|
The exhibit runs through Friday, September 16th in the Harry Wood Gallery located in the Art Building (map here). The gallery hours are Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am - 3pm.
Happy Creating! Deborah