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Concepts of fibre art

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Zoe Schnieder stands in front of the Lost Poster Project by Jill Waldron that is part of the Hi-Fibre Content exhibit at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum.

The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum's new Gallery No. 2 exhibit, Hi-Fibre Content, opened with a reception on July 10.

The exhibit featured art work from seven Prairie artists, including EAGM director Amber Andersen. The others are: Mindy Yan Miller, FarLee Mowat, Jill Waldron, Megan Morman, Lissa Robinson and Joseph Anderson.

The artwork is part of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council’s (OSAC) travelling exhibition.

Exhibit curator and OSAC visual arts coordinator Zoe Schneider was at the reception on behalf of the artists.

In the show, each artist used fibre and put their unique spin into their artwork. Schneider said fibre has the ability to draw a viewer in.

Andersen’s work takes a literal message and turns it to an object that can last, Schneider said.

Both Andersen and Waldron used text as a central component, dealing with embroidery and cross stitch. Schneider said that both artists use similar processes, but have opposing ideas to make them have worth.

Robinson and Anderson used recycled fibre materials for their art pieces. Their art work consisted of giant objects formed by fibre.

The artwork of Mowat deals with embroidered hair.

“Her work is often very delicate, very quiet, very creepy – and I love it,” said Schneider.

Yan Miller’s art piece was a cow hide that was shaved with a straight razor. Schneider said that fiber is usually about building, but with that piece was about taking it away.  

Schneider said that those pieces are interesting because the materials aren’t usually used in fibre artwork.

Waldron’s intent was to take her objects outside, staple them to a poster wall and leave them, Schneider said.

“Her idea was to take this very precious thing and throw it out there and let it exist in the world,” said Schneider.

The exhibit began at EAGM on July 4 and will end August 16. Schneider said that it will be on tour until the fall of 2015.

 


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