A Review of 7 Artists Showing at Hunterdon Art Museum
In part one of this series, I showed you the works of four artists exhibiting at the Hunterdon Art Museum. In this second part of my review of “Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread”, I’ll show you more of the exhibiting artists and their thread works.
In part one of the series, I neglected to mention Carol Eckert – the mastermind and curator of this exquisite show. Eckert is herself an accomplished textile artist. She creates sculptural forms using a basketry technique called coiling. Eckert creates her pieces with the help of gauges of coated wire and with cotton and linen threads. See more of Eckert’s works.
Drawing with Thread – Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen
Kelsey Wiskirchen combines storytelling, imagery, and weaving to create her art.
She starts with a story, weaves the fabric, then draws or writes text on a water-soluble material. Next, she pins the water-soluble material with her drawing onto the fabric she wove. And then she’ll go over the lines with her sewing machine. After that, she’ll soak the fabric in hot water to wash away the water-soluble material, leaving the woven fabric with her thread drawings on top.
She subscribes to the idea of “Cloth as a metaphor for society, and thread for social relations.” So communities are a major part of her work.
She says, “I stitched the life-sized figures onto transparent fabric so that layering and shadow would become elements of the work, and so the physical presence of a viewer walking through would also become a layer in the installation.”
And that’s exactly what happens with her work. I found it quite difficult to individually photograph her pieces. Because they interact so well with each other and with you the viewer. Since her pieces are hung from the ceiling not on walls, as a viewer, you get the chance to walk all around each piece.
When I walked among her pieces, the life-sized subjects in her drawings took on a life of their own. And you feel as though you are directly interacting with the subjects of Wiskirchen’s drawings, and not simply looking in as an outside viewer.
I loved Wiskirchen’s work a lot and I spent a lot of my time with them. I was particularly intrigued by her ability to create “sturdy” thread drawings on such loosely woven and transparent fabrics.
See more of Kelsey Wiskirchen’s work here. (Her site was undergoing construction at the time of writing)
Aurora is another artist who uses her sewing machine as a drawing tool. She starts on a blank canvas and she uses threads as both “natural and metaphorical” connections between elements in her composition.
I liked the simplicity of Aurora’s work. The graphic nature and the very thoughtful splashes of color reminded me of some of my own work like “Lemonade Makers” seen here in this post.
Also, she intentionally leaves the threads at the end of her stitches to connect to the next drawing element. See more of Aurora Molina’s work.
Daniel Kornrumff holds a BFA in fine arts and is an adjunct professor at Mount Ida College. He paints as well as does embroidery. His works on display in the Drawing with Thread exhibit are only his embroidery work.
He has a unique way of creating small embroidery pieces and mounting them on large canvases with a lot of negative space around them.
His piece, “No Mold Gold Teeth” was used as the show icon on all the printed exhibition materials.
I love his paintings. Especially, how he leaves some of his sketches unpainted/ partially painted.
See more of Daniel Kornrumpf’s work
Kingdom creates tiny landscapes in which she uses allegory and symbolism to “explore relationships and self-perceptions”.
The color in Kingdom’s work is amazing and the detail is mindboggling. Right down to the little tiny buttons on the dresses of the women in her scenes.
Kingdom’s pieces are intricate, to say the least. I find that although hand embroidery is different from free motion stitching, there’s so much that you can be learn from studying the way hand embroidery is used to draw. And Kingdom’s work will be a really good study for how to draw with a sewing machine.
See more of Michelle Kingdom’s work.
Patricia Dalhman’s installation in this exhibition was based on the story of her mom’s life from her early years during World War II in London to the USA.
Working with her mom, she created 20 “pages” of thread work to tell the story of their family.
When I took a closer look at the stitches Dalhman used to create her pieces, I noticed that her style is very different from most of the ones I ‘d seen in the exhibition.
Dahlman uses a sort of zigzag stitch to define the outlines of her drawings – a very interesting technique indeed.
In addition, to the hand embroidered drawings, Dahlman also had written text to help better tell the story of her life.
See more of Patricia Dahlman’s work.
Olenick combines embroidery, watercolor, and antique textiles to create her work. She tells stories with her artwork using text, sometimes in the form of poems.
Her pieces have this look of “not trying too hard to create a polished look”, which is very charming. I think her watercolor washes are responsible for this unique look.
She’s very big on using text – specifically, handwritten text – in her artwork. Her handwritten notes also add to the “unpolished look:” – artist’s hand of her work. She’s even got a twitter campaign going on where she collects poems which she incorporates into her stitched drawings at her twitter handle @EmbroideryPoems. See more of Iviva Olenick’s works.
Narrett likes to tell stories with a needle and thread. She creates sculptural thread works with embroidery techniques.
Her works have vivid color and intricate details. The level of detail on such relatively small-sized works is astonishing.
Narett’s works are very expressive. You don’t get the full benefit of the extent of her creative skills unless you take a closer look at each piece to see the details.
See more of Sophia Narrette’s work.
That’s it with my review of Intimate Threads: Drawing with Threads at the Hunterdon Art Museum. Go and see it before the exhibition is taken down.
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Patricia Dahlman says
Dear Clara Nartey,
Thank you for writing an excellent blog on “Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread” at the Hunterdon Museum. It’s a terrific show. The curator, Carol Eckert did a wonderful job curating it.
Yours truly, Patricia Dahlman
Clara Nartey says
Patricia, it was my pleasure to write a review about the show. I enjoyed seeing the show but writing about it made it more meaningful for me.