Jacque Hart: "Catenary" (Textile Art)
Opening Reception: January 24, 2014 5:00-7:00pm
Showing: Jacque Hart Exhibit
During an exhibit: Friday 4:00 - 6:00pm
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
(Depending on Staff Availability)
Please look for the “now open” sign on the sidewalk, or call the MCC Foundation to see if their office is open at 970-542-3107 during these times.
January 24, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
300 Main St., Fort Morgan
I started my weaving life in 1974 when I was mentored by Navajo weaver Mae Bekis. I had no idea where this journey would take me and all that Mae would impart on my physical being as well as my soul. The thing that I do know is that I will never stop learning what this medium can do.
My work has gone through many stages from working only traditional Navajo rugs to working in white fibers and loom-controlled patterning to learning different weave structures, how they act, and what they can do. I continue this exploration and knowledge in the small pieces that I produce. My current tapestry work is about color manipulation, mixed media and pictorial work involving spiritual reflections.
From the time I started learning to weave, I looked for ways to express pictorially what I wanted. The drawloom was the answer. Fascinated with the way loom-controlled patterning works, I was able to utilize this tapestry method to begin communication with the audience. The weaving was able to move from utilitarian to aesthetic - from functional to artistic.
My current work is focused on spiritual subjects. Our relationship with God and nature, our seeking after one greater than ourselves, and our common feelings as we traverse the landscape of life are some of the subjects broached. I feel that using the drawloom as a canvas gives me great freedom in trying to express some of these esoteric subjects. Cloth provides a medium and freedom that wouldn't be attempted on canvas. Historically, drawloom weaving was used for crests, flowers, leaves, simple animal figures, etc. I try to push the common use to the side and try to express with the medium. I see myself as a world citizen and try to use a global and timeless perspective in gleaning symbols and images from an eclectic venue of cultures - always keeping respect and dignity in the forefront of my mind. I develop my images in concert with already known images that I develop, often from nature and science. Weaving in this way gives me great joy. It not only allows me to communicate some of my deepest thoughts and impressions, but also allows me to push the limits and grow within the confines of the loom.
I don't tell the viewer what to think, but hope they will interpret for themselves the woven canvases. I am happy to point out symbols and some meanings, but I want the viewer to take it further. I want them to contemplate what the images are, and how they relate to each other and how they come into play in their own lives and belief systems. I can't think of a better way to share a part of myself with each viewer. I love it when viewers see things from their own perspective of their lives and the world in which we live.
The name of this show is Catenary. What is a catenary? A catenoid is the oldest known minimal surface. Think of two posts standing apart with a chain connecting the two. The chain does not hang straight across. It is bowed towards the ground between the two posts. This is a catenoid. The bridge in Ft. Morgan, the Rainbow Bridge, has catenoids, both to support the structure and to assist in connecting one side of a chasm with the other. My art connects me to spiritual realities and the world around me. It gives me all of the space I need to communicate and express my understanding of our human condition. My son's art will be displayed with mine. We are connected in many ways: physically connected through the relationship between mother and son, spiritually connected through our beliefs and values, and in this show connected through our art.
"Best of the Best" Student Art Show
Opening Reception: March 28, 2014 4:00-6:00pm
Opening Reception: TBA
To be added to the MCC CACE artists registry, the following application requirements must be fully completed and electronically submitted:
If accepted, the following will also be required:
Questions? Contact Rachel.Kellum@morgancc.edu