by Nathan Jeffers
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A new exhibit titled “Stitch Wizardry” featuring the textile work of artist Sue King will be opening at the French Art Colony (FAC) on Friday, Nov. 2.
Continuing through Nov. 25, the display of King’s work at the FAC features several different pieces constructed of a variety of materials including cottons, denim, wool, viscose, velour, re-purposed clothing, many which are enhanced with various dyes and paints, as well as beads.
Employed as a social worker and living in Lancaster, Ohio, King grew up on a small farm in central Ohio and learned to embroider and sew from her mother. Reportedly, King loved the beauty and textural quality of fabrics and began to make quilts, but then became bored with the traditional patterns.
As with viewing any artist’s work, one wonders what image or inspiration King draws from when working on her textile pieces. King does briefly explain her ideas behind her art in the FAC’s exhibit, and her statement includes the following:
Always fascinated by history and enthralled with old photographs, my work is often a dialog with the past. My textile pieces call forth the ghost into the room, searching for a way to connect our present condition with the human experience of those who came before. As a clinical social worker, I am ever searching for connections with others: the emotions and commonalities of experience binding us together and defining what it means to be human. The eyes of the human face often betray the mask people present to the world at large. Through portraiture, I seek to penetrate this facade and expose the emotion hidden from view.
FAC gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more on King’s work, visit www.suekingarts.com. For more on the FAC, visit www.frenchartcolony.org.
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