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LCA is currently installing "Stitched, Woven and Hooked," opening March 1!

Stitched, Woven and Hooked

Lee Effervescent Connections 2020

The fiber arts movement of the 60s and 70s took place alongside the Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, and Anti-War movements and was clearly inspired by those revolutionary times. Many artists working in fiber were also activists pushing for social change and social justice like the extraordinary Faith Ringgold and Emma Amos. Those who identified as fiber artists were mainly women whose chosen medium, up to that point, had been devalued by the patriarchy and characterized as “women’s work” or craft rather than fine art. Together these revolutionary artists reclaimed the power of the needle and made space to share their stories, their experiences, and their masterful artworks in the Western fine art canon.

Today many fiber artists, still largely women, choose to make autobiographical work about their identities, family histories and cultural traditions. The artists included in this exhibition research, collect, combine, reimagine, reuse and revisit historical and contemporary textiles and fiber techniques. The materials and objects they employ hold personal significance and draw on individual and collective memory to convey personal narratives, often challenging power dynamics and concepts related to identity. In their work, the personal is political.