March 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - April 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm$3
For 31 days in March, contemporary artists from across the U.S. create new works and engage the public in the creative process. Art31 is a series of exhibits and art happenings that honors the Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) Maitland Art Center’s history as the Research Studio. In the spirit of experimentation and collaboration in modern art, the Research Studio welcomed luminaries such as Milton Avery and Ralston Crawford from 1937 – 1959.
Art31: Fiber features the work of a group of internationally recognized artists who create with cloth, paper, and other fibers, and use techniques like stitching, quilting and more, as methods of engaging with their environments. Viewers will recognize these mediums & techniques, used in innovative and thought provoking manners.
Alisha McCurdy – McCurdy will create a site-specific installation of a landscape in Maitland Art Center’s Gallery 2, inspired by phosphate mining in the Bone Valley of SW Florida, and its impact on the Peace River Watershed. Contrasting a mine against an unadulterated Florida wetland, thread drawings of flora and fauna will be layered within, highlighting the disparities of the landscape and the vulnerability of wetlands. Alisha’s artwork seeks to share respect for labor and making, representing the harsh conditions in the Appalachian mine fields where her father worked.
Hye Shin – Shin’s Embrace the Hope large sculptural installation expresses balancing the joys of motherhood with a deep appreciation of the sacrifices necessary for nurturing life. Featured in Gallery 3 and throughout the grounds of A&H’s Maitland Art Center, Shin’s work will acknowledge an inspired connection to nature.
Carrie Sieh – Sieh is a mixed media artist based in Miami, whose mediums include painting, fiber, photography, and repurposed materials. Her practice focuses primarily on the roles of technology, psychology, and political economy in human behavior. Diverse applications of Sieh’s work will be featured in Gallery 4.