This year’s artist in residence within the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts was Lynda Barry. She was a whirlwind of image and text, delivered through the stories she told, and in the workshops and talks she gave. We instructors decided for the first time to ask our students to think thematically across their studio classes in surface design, weaving and precision dye. We really wanted the students to incorporate ideas about narrative, and to build on some of Lynda’s methods and energy within their own studio practices. Narrative is an interesting thing. It is lived, it is thought, it is at once past, present and future. The students truly engaged with all these aspects, and more. I have written this first ever blog catalogue entry as a narrative about the future – their future. Inspired by Lynda Barry I have strung together the words of the graduates to create this narrative. Here is a story about a future culture inhabited by Capilano University Textile Arts students; this place does not exist without them.
*BOLDED TEXT indicates text taken from each student’s artist statements. Text excerpts have been used out of context, appropriated by me to create this futuristic narrative, using students’ words and ideas that describe a place and a way of being.
A banal suburban landscape has a history worth delving into and an understanding of the particularities of “place” can enrich the act of living there. Mystery; death, love and lies, secrets, sins, dark North America landscapes, sensuality and sexuality describe a new place, understood through the variety and complexity of daily life in this future place, this future neighborhood. These particularities as well as informational noise that surround our present day living provide the possibility of multiple realities, they make tangible intangible tales and feelings, and they are the intersection of material and process. The intimacy when working with a medium that bends, drapes, wraps and knots, is an intimacy that brain and hands innately understand, because they are as interdependent as cloth and string.
Images, symbols and text, sculptural works that focus on desire, technology, and compulsive consumption are powerful semiotic symbolisms’. Cutting through the multiple layers of a piece, the image comes into being. I am entranced by the manifestation. Transformation is a condition of perpetual change of everything inside and outside of me. Emotion transforms to thought, thought to vision, vision to action that triggers emotions.
As a Capilano University Textile Arts Grad I am most satisfied when I am making. This future and its particularities of “place” contain coherent bits of perfect chaos that I can begin to understand.
Mary Lou Trinkwon