Planet S Mag – Prairie Fibre by Bart Gazzola: review of “Our Prairie in Fibre”

06 Feb

While i think it was a bit presumptive of the writer to label it as feminist work, some “artspeak” can make the waters deeper (as long as it doesn’t muddy it):) I’m pleased that there *was* a review, as too often textile/fibre art shows get very short shrift in the critical eye, particularly in Canada. I do kind of resent the “quota of landscapes and grain elevators”–i think it’s narrow minded and too hipster a remark to give any credence to. I doubt that any of us was working a cliche when we created the work, and certainly not when we submitted. All this aside, i am pleased that a gallery was open to Monika’s curation and obviously with the response and attendance, others are equally as intrigued and receptive.



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3 responses to “Planet S Mag – Prairie Fibre by Bart Gazzola: review of “Our Prairie in Fibre”

  1. threadpaintersart

    February 7, 2015 at 6:53 am

    ‘OurPrairieInFibre’ … as an artist contemplating entering this I,too, would be thinking of representing the PRAIRIES … with broad open landscapes, wheat/grain fields, and grain elevators … with a lovely mix of prairie fauna !
    What was Bart expecting ? I googled him and he seems to know what he’s talking about and seems to have the credentials … but, maybe it’s just woman’s work to him? Whatever !!!!! Fibber Art is here to stay.
    Congrats to you, Arlee and to Monika ! Keep up the good fibre art !


  2. arlee

    February 7, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Him assuming that is *from* a “feminist” perspective is cheap and labelling. If we’d all been black, or disabled, would that have changed the label? Probably—all i’m saying is, is that no one has that right except the artist—or the curator IF that was the focus of the show. I’m a woman, and i’m an artist, but i have never worked from that perspective as my raison d’etre.
    And as it turns out, it was only women who submitted to Monika for the jurying, so it’s purely co-incidence that the artists were all women.


  3. forestine

    February 7, 2015 at 9:52 am

    *Gasp* a prairie themed show with prairie motifs? How offensive! Maybe that guy should move somewhere else. I agree, cheap assumption about it being feminist work on his part, too. He also talks about “feminist tropes” but doesn’t really say what that is. Does he mean… women making traditionally feminine work? Because… Goes to show credentials don’t necessarily mean someone has something good to say.


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