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Discovery Through Process: Contemporary Fiber Art

What do plastic slide sheets filled with dried veggies, re-purposed vintage textiles, seed pods and cast shadows have in common?  All of these unique visuals will be highlighted in our second 2024 guest artist exhibition - Discovery Through Process: Contemporary Fiber Art, April 30 – June 8. The show, sponsored by Eastbrook Homes, will feature the artwork of distinguished Michigan-based fiber artists, Boisali Biswas, Susan Moran, and Sally Rose. The three artists are long-time friends connected not only by their friendship but their shared love of textiles and a commitment to the advancement of Fiber Arts across the state and beyond.

The title for the show Discovery Through Process emerged after a pre-show planning Zoom call with the artists. Boisali, Susan and Sally talked about how important direct hands-on fiber fabrication techniques are to their creative process. All three skilled artists employ labor intensive repetitive tasks such as embroidery, weaving, and papermaking to create transcendent works of art.

Boisali Biswas, based in West Bloomfield, Michigan uses the loom to weave intricate stories that are told through rich colors, textures, and separate woven and stitched pieces that she hangs in layers off the wall and in units that cascade from the ceiling. Boisali not only weaves the physical pieces, she also weaves in the layers of the intriguing ephemeral shadows created on the wall.  

Susan Moran from Ann Arbor creates dense and lyrical large scale embroidered wall textiles. The scale of her work invites the viewer to visually step into the inventive world she composes from vintage textiles, collage, and stitch-resist dyed imagery. A keen observer of nature, Susan creates hybrid images inspired by objects found in our natural and human-made environment.

Sally Rose located in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan pushes the boundaries of Fiber Arts. Educated in traditional textile practices and a Professor Emerita from Central Michigan University where she taught Fiber Design, her current artwork is an exploration of the complex beauty found in the natural fibers of dried vegetables, grape stems and the shapeshifting possibilities of paper pulp.

Boisali Biswas Susan Moran Sally Rose

Discovery Through Process :Contemporary Fiber Art will be open to the public on April 30. There will be a free reception for the artists on the closing date of the exhibit – Saturday June 8 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. All three artists will be in attendance and conducting a lively conversation – question/answer with the public. We hope you will mark the date in your calendar!

The ACWL-Nuveen is open Tuesday – Friday – 11:00am – 5:30pm and Saturday 1:00pm – 3:00pm. If you have questions about this exhibit or any of our programing – please call – 231-893-2524 – or keep in touch via social media.


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