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Volume 26, Number 7 — July 2019

Arts Calendar

Meditations for Chaos to open
When creating a tapestry, Laura Bowman uses her knotting technique to form and manipulate an organic design.

Meditations for Chaos to open

Date(s):  June 06 - July 26, 2019
Venue: Slocumb Galleries
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614

JOHNSON CITY, TN — The East Tennessee State University Slocumb Galleries and Department of Art & Design present “Meditations for Chaos” by Laura Bowman from June 6 to July 26, at the Tipton Gallery. A reception is held during First Friday June 7, from 6-8 p.m., during Blue Plum Festival.

Bowman is a self-taught fiber artist living in East Tennessee. She creates knotted sculptural tapestries by combining her adaptation of an old macramé technique with a modern textile aesthetic using wool, cotton and acrylic fibers.

When creating a tapestry, she uses her knotting technique to form and manipulate an organic design. Allowing the process to dictate the flow, while also making very specific decisions along the way, she guides the piece towards a visually stimulating conclusion of color, texture and movement that pushes simple pieces of string and yarn into three-dimensionality. Her work is fueled by a desire to breathe life into that single strand and, by joining it with others, enable it to occupy space in a meaningful way.

Her current work is an exploration in emotional tension, a visual expression of the internal chaos of anxiety that appears controlled, harmonious and beautiful on the surface. These pieces represent the emotional labor of maintaining that appearance while dealing with feelings of displacement and disquietude, and the struggle to organize feelings of chaos and separateness into order and belonging. While the knotting process is slow and intense, the use of soft materials and soothing designs to express the duality of this inner and outer dialogue is meditation as well as physical, artistic creation and release.

For more information or to schedule a visit, email or call/text 423-483-3179.

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