We've Met Before | NC Museum of Art | Arts | Indy Week

We've Met Before 

When: Through Jan. 28, 2018
Price: free

Hand-woven cloth has a certain rigor, a requirement for stitches to interact with structural integrity rather than spontaneity. Ink, meanwhile, has a quicksilver impulsiveness, a tendency to slip and run unbounded by the necessities of form. North Carolina-raised artist Andrea Donnelly holds this contrast in tension in We've Met Before, her new show at the North Carolina Museum of Art. "Cloth, in its infinite variety and varied significance, is deeply linked to our histories and emotions through the body," she writes in her artist statement. "Whether it's woven to hang on the wall or to grace the neck and shoulders, I make cloth that creates connection." The images on these large textile pieces evoke bodies, Rorschach blots, abstract flora, and, most of all, memory. Dyed, woven, unwoven, and rewoven, the work contains "a literal record of its own making" as well as an open range of interpretive play for viewers. This reception is preceded by an artist talk and luncheon at eleven a.m. —Brian Howe

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