2021 Grad Show

Jessica Anger-Cortines

AUArts Grad Show A51F8025-3005-41FB-B312-9650CD3F102A_1_201_a

Fibre

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The first time I remember making in the same way I do now it was in my backyard on the outskirts of town when I was a small child. I would attempt to weave crabgrass, native grasses and crop grasses, dried plants from my mothers garden and twine or other materials leftover from construction. I still work in this intuitive and experimental way with often natural materials and utility twine.

I work primarily in soft sculpture and weaving. My soft sculpture works have taken the form of large-scale macrame with details made from clay. Weaving has taken the form of wall hangings made from utility materials with embroideries of hands interacting with the weave. Conceptually my work revolves around the sensory relationship between myself and my materials. My hope is that by exploring this in my works the audience will take a second look at their own relationship with touch and their own sense of proprioception.

In my work I use the texture of fibre as the surface design. The knots and thread create the surface design and also compose the physicality of the objects I make. I consider fibre in a way that compares thread to Drawing's line and the knot to Drawing's mark or point. This direct connection to the path that the artists hand follows and what the audience experiences sensationally is what leads me to want to explore touch as the main connection between myself and my audience.

Body Works Installation

Here I have installed recent works all together to provide a better sense of what these works are like in person.

Macrame

Works in this collection are recent macrame works made from abaca rope with clay beads. They explore my relationship with touch as it pertains to the process of making as well as well as ideas around proprioception.

Weavings

The works in this collection are recent weavings made from jute, sisal and cotton twine. They explore my relationship with touch as it pertains to the process of making as well as well as ideas around proprioception.