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June 24 - July 17, 2016

Sew and So

Jennifer L. Hand, Simone Paterson and Amelia Salisbury

An exhibition highlighting the juxtaposition between craft, drawing and lens/technology--based art
Main Gallery

Opening Reception for the Artists
Fourth Friday, June 24, 2016
7:00-10:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, July 17, 2016
2:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public


Artist Statement

A new contemporary art exhibition, "Sew and So," incorporating the work of three professors from the School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech, Jennifer L. Hand, Simone Paterson and Amelia Salisbury, opens at Artspace , @ Plant Zero, Zero E. 4th Street Richmond, Virginia on June 24. The show runs through July 17, 2016, 4PM. The exhibition highlights the juxtaposition between craft, drawing and lens/technology--based art and brings together seemingly disparate creative elements into a unified, exciting display.

The exhibition is entitled "Sew and So" because each artist uses the process of sewing to inform their art. Paterson, Hand, and Salisbury also use creative technologies as part of their visual language.

"Sewing brings to mind a quiet contemplation; something that is hand made and joins pieces or fragments together, it suggests a unifying activity. However, sewing can also be done by machine and can incorporate high--end technology for mass production," explained Paterson.

According to Paterson, the name also references other meanings. "The phrase 'so and so' implies a forgotten name of an individual. We embrace this meaning as many artists have labored without recognition, particularly female artists. Additionally, the colloquial phrase 'you mean old so--and--so' may also reference a person who is disliked or is considered to have a negative or unfavorable characteristic," she said.

The artists are also happy to adopt this inference because they feel it empowers them to make the art they want to make, and sometimes what is considered powerful and meaningful is not necessarily thought of as pretty.




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