Felt Experience Bloomfelt
June 18 – October 10, 2022
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301, USA
Felt is an ancient material, predating woven cloth. It connects us to the earth and its animals; it is an extraordinarily sensorial medium imbued with history. Felt can awaken childhood memories of a pre-digital age when our direct interaction with the world helped to awaken our senses. Think of the protective feel of warm winter sweaters, the smells of animals in petting zoos, or interactive childhood books with small patches of soft wool and fabric meant to teach about touch. Felt Experience can refer to understanding something through touch, and also to the deeply emotional responses evoked in the body by an object or place. This exhibition surveys the work of five artists, based in New York, Canada, and California, who are working in felt today: Marjolein Dallinga, Ruth Jeyaveeran, Melissa Joseph, Liam Lee, and Stephanie Metz. Their studio practices range from the exploration of the personal and universally nostalgic, to a desire to connect our interior and exterior worlds, to coaxing out the potential aliveness of the material, to investigating time and memory within repetitive motions of making, to masterfully merging opposing qualities with curiosity and play.
— Curated by Katherine Gass Stowe and Sarah Freeman
Exposition Felt Experience = June 18 – October 10, 2022