Wednesday, March 28, 2018

De Musei Fabrica: Cloth and Stitch Inspired by the Maude Abbott Medical Museum

Thanks to Lauma, my talented photographer friend and fellow Text'art member, here is a photo of the piece I have finished for an upcoming group show. Each of the six members of Text'art has produced a fibre piece measuring 36" x 24", inspired by artifacts on view at McGill University's Maude Abbott Medical Museum.

Under the Knife: What Lies Beneath

My artist statement for this piece reads:

"The beauty of a tool is in its design, honed over the centuries. Adjunct to the hand of the user, its unique, elegant shape is defined by its special purpose. 
The laying out of the surgical tray is a ritual, a tradition, a prelude to the sacrament of cutting into the body. 
My piece is inspired by this order, and by the careful archiving of the Maude Abbott collection, with its specimens neatly arranged and labelled. Beyond that, it imagines the wondrous textures and systems revealed by the surgeon's knife.
Hand- and machine-stitching, fusing, burning, photo transfer, pleating, trapunto; hand-dyed cotton and linen, antique linen, organza, tulle, rayon, wool, cheesecloth, scrim, paint, beads, buttons, threads."
An exhibition of these pieces will be staged in the entrance hall of the William Osler Library, May 14 - June 15, 2018. An official reception is planned for 5:30 pm, Thursday, May 17. The library's regular hours are 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday.  You can find the location on this map.

More information about the show will be available on the library's website.

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