Symposium Exhibition: Source & Sequence
Source & Sequence: Digital Weaving by Joanne Arnett, Janice Lessman-Moss & Bhakti Ziek
Curated by Janice Lessman-Moss
Exhibiting Artists: Joanne Arnett, Janice Lessman-Moss, and Bhakti Ziek
“Source and Sequence,” reflects the essence of evolution in many aspects of life. Source is the origin, the idea from which a sequence, an action, a narrative, a process, derives. Sources of meaning form the core of every artist’s creative impulse, while acting on those inspirations through the manipulation and transformation of material results in an object or outcome that can be shared and appreciated by others. From diverse origins, the artists presenting work in this exhibition, combine digital design with output on a jacquard loom to satisfy their conceptual interests and material sensibility.
Arnett engages the photographic potential of the digital loom to great effect using images of herself in multiple guises as the starting point for her series of “mug shots.” Although the format is familiar, the life size weavings composed of colorful striped warps, and decorative patterned grounds prompt the viewer to reassess assumptions. Metal wire in the weft causes the graphic images to alter depending on the angle of viewing. The portraits are both sad and beautiful, a moving acknowledgement of a specific moment that captures our curiosity and empathy.
Inspired by the myth of Sisyphus, Ziek integrates pattern, text and color to capture the essence of this narrative in a series of scroll like weavings. Like large pages in woven form, a story using fragments of words and the language of thread, evolves through the sequential placement of these symbolic fields.
Using no recognizable images or symbols, Lessman-Moss evokes a lively exchange among her geometric motifs. Her work reflects her total absorption in the abstract language of patterns, the generative possibilities of the loom and computer as tools, and the physicality of textile processes in relation to the object.
Joanne Arnett earned a Master of Fine Arts from Kent State University (textiles) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (fashion design) from California Design College. Her work combines the practices of photography and textiles to explore the dualities of transience and permanence, public and private, the mundane and the extraordinary. Her hand woven portraits have been exhibited as part of Fiberart International and the International TECHstyle Art Biennial and have been featured in the Huffington Post, Trend Hunter, and Juxtapoz.
Janice Lessman-Moss is currently a Professor and Head of the program in Textile Art at Kent State University where she has taught for over 30 years. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art and her MFA from the University of Michigan. Since 1981 she has actively exhibited her woven art work throughout the United States and internationally. She has also received a number of Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts and was recently recognized with the Governor’s Award for Individual Artists in Ohio.
Bhakti Ziek is internationally known for work that has ranged from backstrap weaving to digital jacquard. Her extensive exhibition record includes work in the permanent collection of Princeton University and the Museum of Arts and Design. She has lectured and taught workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Her writings on contemporary fiber have been published in many journals, and she is the co-author, of The Woven Pixel. A former college professor, she currently lives in Randolph, Vermont. Ziek has a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas and a B.A. from SUNY/Stony Brook.
All exhibitions have been organized in partnership with Art Rise Savannah