Common Threads Group Exhibition
Anna Laurie Mackay, Jean Richardson, Jen Watson, Jethro Gillespie, and Kathryn Knudsen come together for a group exhibition of work referencing textiles. Fiber, as a material is something we interact with every day. It exists in a vast hierarchy of objects that range from necessity to luxury. On the surface it is purely functional, but it can carry deep sentiment, history, and meaning. This exhibition explores the use of textiles in the contemporary art-making context, and how we connect with fiber through narrative, metaphor, materiality, and objectivity.
Anna Laurie Mackay is a mixed media artist who manipulates paper to function as a textile. She methodically creates woven pieces that explore distortion, memory, and materiality. Jean Richardson is an interdisciplinary artist who collects found objects and examines their meaning by changing their context and presentation. She pieces together items like envelopes, umbrellas and life jackets in a way that challenges perception. Jen Watson is a printmaker whose images question ownership, inheritance and meaning of objects. She creates images of ribbons, yarn and zigzags that come to represent movement through the past and present. Jethro Gillespie’s fabric work investigates the ritual of repetition, the accumulation of time and the symbolism of meaning behind the handmade textile object. He creates quilts, soft sculptures, and performances. Kathryn Knudsen is a mixed media artist who uses repurposed textiles in her wall pieces and sculptures to create complex abstract forms, rich with texture, time, and persistence. Her work speaks of reclaiming what has been lost and breathing new meaning into the discarded.
Eric Fairclough’s work is a practice in repetition, perfection, and meditation. Creating complicated patterns is a way for Fairclough to explore the inner workings of his mind. Having suffered from anxiety most of his adult life, Fairclough’s art practice has given him a needed sense of control. Creating patterns requires precision and perfection, which can be found in his work, but upon closer examination, his paintings will reveal an underlying layer of disorganization and chaos. Fairclough sees the juxtaposition between the order and disorder as a direct reflection of the inner workings of his brain.
Eric Fairclough is represented by Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. He has exhibited at the Bountiful Davis Arts Center, Art Access Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT, God Hates Robots in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as other galleries in Utah. He won the People’s Choice Award in the 2020 Utah Statewide Annual Exhibition.
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