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2020 McKnight Fiber Artist Fellowship Exhibition

Shelter (2020)

Cardboard, discarded fabric, thread, laser cutting

Falling Loss (2020)

Silk organza, thread, pvc pipes, mirror, hardware, projected text, laser cutting

Textile Center is pleased to present the work of our two inaugural McKnight Fiber Artist Fellows: Eun-Kyung Suh and Liz Miller. This exhibition will be on view in Textile Center’s Joan Mondale and Mary Giles Galleries Tuesday, January 12 through Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Work by Eun-Kyung Suh

Eun-Kyung Suh’s work explores the contrasting qualities of two components of the life cycle, life and death, which are conceptually twisted like a lemniscate curve. In Shelter, geometric vessel-like forms aggressively spread across the walls, arduously crawl over fences, and persistently overcome barriers, similarly to how we live our lives. During 2020, discarded fabrics were collected at garage, estate, and moving sales from rural towns in Minnesota. These highly personal, familial, and even cultural fragments are embedded inside the vessels to punctuate a map-like trail. In Falling Loss, multi-layered, loosely draped silk panels suspended from the ceiling reveal laser-cut shapes, suggestive of aerial view maps. The pile of countless fallen silk cutouts becomes a ghostly and cloudlike backdrop for the waxing and waning projections of names from obituaries, illustrating the loss witnessed in 2020 as truly unprecedented, unrelenting, and ubiquitous.

About the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists Designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists, the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists provide recipients with a $25,000 unrestricted cash award. In addition, the fellows receive public recognition, studio visits with critics from the field, an exhibition at Textile Center, professional development support, participation in public discussions featuring fellows and critics, the opportunity to apply for an artist residency facilitated in partnership between the Alliance of Artist Communities and McKnight Foundation, and access to Textile Center’s resources, including a library of more than 30,500 books and periodicals and a state-of-the-art dye lab. The fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by Textile Center.

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