Memory is a curious thing. We keep moments in our minds of the times that have passed; replaying them again and again.
This artwork will be exhibited in a group show called ‘Fiber as Medium”. We can think of medium in two ways: as a singular form of media such as the fiber or yarn itself used to make the art; or as using intuitive abilities to see the past, present, and future events by tuning into the spirit energy surrounding a person and their memory.
This piece, titled ‘Fond Memories’ uses Fiber as Medium by both definitions.
It is woven on my handloom using Mylar balloon from my daughter’s first birthday party using the Theo Moorman inlay technique. Using mylar balloons as a weft material was inspired by my friend and former mentor Suzanne Tick. Weaving this balloon in an art work seemed to be a wonderful way to capture a fond memory.
Using the fiber that holds sentimentality, and weaving as an intuitive method to achieve mindfulness, creating this piece was an exercise in learning to frame good memories in my mind.
You see, I had to break the habit of reliving negative experiences in my mind again and again. In essence, I had been framing the wrong memories in my consciousness. My life is filled with lots of great experiences, but my memory held on to the moments that made me feel inadequate, shameful, hurt, victimized, and scarred. None of this was serving me going forward.
My present days are filled with love, laughter, and joy.
Fond Memories will be on exhibit at Gallery 425 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The show opens first Friday, July 6 and runs through July 31, 2018.
“Brittany McLaughlin is an artist who uses weaving as her art form; illustrating personal thoughts and experiences with complex constructions on the loom.
She earned her BS in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. Her concentration was on weaving, both at the handloom and with industrial weaving machines. She has worked in both industry and academia; notably for KnollTextiles, Woolrich, and as a Visiting Professor at Philadelphia University.
During graduate school at the University of the Arts, her discipline was Sculpture and her focus was on elevating her work from industry to art. She earned her MFA while creating art that focused on materiality exhibited through installations that engaged the viewer. She explored the concepts of content vs. context. Her material selections referenced textile materials and processes, while the narrative addressed the marginalization and anonymity of women and textiles throughout art history.
As an educator, she teaches and supports artists in their creative practice. By helping them to clarify direction and intention of their work using a Buddhist three-fold system of logic – ground, path, fruition – their individualized creative vision becomes focused.”