Artist Highlight: Amanda McCavour
I am constantly curious and amazed at the dichotomy that all fiber arts can have; both their fragility and strength. This idea is explored beautifully in the works of Amanda McCavour. She uses a technique of sewing on dissolvable fabric, which allows her to create images and shapes through sewing, that are sturdy and powerful, but look vulnerable and airy.
Ice Box (2011)
Ice Box (2011) Detail
She states that, “I am interested in the vulnerability of thread, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together. I am interested in the connections between process and materials and the way that they relate to images and spaces. Tracing actions and environments through a process of repetition, translation and dissolving, I hope to trace absence.”
Stand-In for Home (2009-2010)
Because of the nature of the material and techniques McCavour uses, her work sometimes seems to act as mere traces or ghosts of what was once there, (furniture, animals, clothing, etc…) and thus creates and eerie, almost dream-like, environment for the viewer to explore.
Living Room (2010-2011)
Living Room (2010-2011) Detail
(all photos courtesy Amanda McCavour)