Our current exhibition at the Kube (January 2018) is four tapestries representing a response to times we (Janna and Katie) spent together in our shared art practice since 2013. They are highly interpretive depictions of moments captured in photograph - reflections upon reciprocity's ability to alter relationship, including the creation and consideration of art.
We see our woven artwork as a negotiation between the art world, which is so white-box-centric, and our attempt to show evidence of the invisible materials of our relationship, as art, within it. Here is a bit more about this project: Our collaboration began in 2013 in New York City with the primary purpose of supporting each other in our respective art practices. In the handball courts of East Harlem’s Jefferson Park, our first photo shoot felt more like a public performance of our art practice than the menial task of documenting artwork. As our lives and art practices grew alongside each other Everlea evolved into a relational practice where we began to consider our artistic relationship a living artwork in-and-of-itself. Inspired by Joseph Beuys’ conceptions of art as an active, living force and by the mutual aid within textile art traditions, our shared practice has compelled itself to continue even as we now live on opposite sides of a continent.
Our Practice: Our relational praxis manifests in many intentional forms. They include but are not limited to 1) Public interventions in which passersby are taught textile skills 2) We have engaged in art education classes together, and attended lectures and panel discussions about socially engaged art 3) Janna volunteered for three months in Katie’s workplace (New York City’s Community Service Society), designing and facilitating a therapeutic knitting group at a senior center in East Harlem 4) We teach each other skills like tapestry weaving and natural dyeing 5) We arrange professional photoshoots to document our respective artworks.
The photographic documentation for many of these events, including ones from multiple photoshoots that we organized to document our respective handmade textiles, is the starting point for the artwork in this exhibition. We have explored both the memories that these photographs conjure as well as the problematic nature of a photograph’s attempt to represent the complexity of a living moment.
Please email inquires to: projects (at) everleatextiles (dot) com