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SEFEA Uses Textile Traditions to Connect to New Societal Boundaries

In Flux: Selected Works from the Southeast Fibers Educators Association
Feat. JMU Assistant Professor R. Mertens
Oct. 12-Dec. 11, 2020

The Southeast Fibers Educators Association will present their works in a new online exhibition called In Flux at the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art at JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History. In Flux features works that explore textile traditions in a variety of media that range from thread on laundry dyer sheets to homemade textiles cast in concrete to quilts enhanced by geographic data. Past, present, and future collide as artists experiment with new materials and historical forms and traditions. Curated around themes of temporal duration and change, In Flux offers multiple perspectives on fibers aesthetic traditions.  

Rob Mertens, an associate professor and fiber arts and weaving head at SADAH and a member of SEFEA, will show his work, Recollecting Time, within the exhibition. Mertens uses fibers, wire, sound, and even electrical conduits to express the path between the past and the future, and society’s changing relationship to technology.


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