January 12 – March 13, 2021 • Joan Mondale Gallery

Featuring the works of 2020 Fellows Eun-Kyung Suh and Liz Miller

Textile Center is pleased to present the work of our two inaugural McKnight Fiber Artist Fellows: Eun-Kyung Suh and Liz Miller. This exhibition will be on view in Textile Center’s Joan Mondale and Mary Giles Galleries Tuesday, January 12 through Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Work by Eun-Kyung Suh

Eun-Kyung Suh’s work explores the contrasting qualities of two components of the life cycle, life and death, which are conceptually twisted like a lemniscate curve. In Shelter, geometric vessel-like forms aggressively spread across the walls, arduously crawl over fences, and persistently overcome barriers, similarly to how we live our lives. During 2020, discarded fabrics were collected at garage, estate, and moving sales from rural towns in Minnesota. These highly personal, familial, and even cultural fragments are embedded inside the vessels to punctuate a map-like trail. In Falling Loss, multi-layered, loosely draped silk panels suspended from the ceiling reveal laser-cut shapes, suggestive of aerial view maps. The pile of countless fallen silk cutouts becomes a ghostly and cloudlike backdrop for the waxing and waning projections of names from obituaries, illustrating the loss witnessed in 2020 as truly unprecedented, unrelenting, and ubiquitous.

Cardboard, discarded fabric, thread, laser cutting

Falling Loss
Silk organza, thread, pvc pipes, mirror, hardware, projected text, laser cutting

Work by Liz Miller

Liz Miller’s Blind (Fort for 2020) explores broad ideas of infrastructure through abstract arrangements of materials that are at once structural and malleable, banal and decorative. Utilitarian, building and sporting materials like gutter guards, nylon jersey mesh, and tactical rope are transformed into an elaborate site-specific environment that integrates ornate handiwork with materials that sometimes seem diametrically opposed to this treatment. The slow, elaborate act of stitching and the disposable, plastic elements that comprise the work’s armature exist in an inherent tension that is mirrored in the landscape where Miller lives. During the isolation of 2020, she cycled the gravel roads of her rural environment, experiencing both a desire to fit into the landscape, and a desire to be removed from it. She often saw remnants of building projects littered across the roads and in the ditches, and imagined herself sewing her own fort from these elements. Blind (Fort for 2020) is at once a protective barrier against the rural landscape, a celebration of it, and an escapist fantasy of what her own makeshift environment would look like.

Blind (Fort for 2020)
Mixed media

About the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists

Designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists, the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists provide recipients with a $25,000 unrestricted cash award. In addition, the fellows receive public recognition, studio visits with critics from the field, an exhibition at Textile Center, professional development support, participation in public discussions featuring fellows and critics, the opportunity to apply for an artist residency facilitated in partnership between the Alliance of Artist Communities and McKnight Foundation, and access to Textile Center’s resources, including a library of more than 30,500 books and periodicals and a state-of-the-art dye lab. The fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by Textile Center.

Funding for this program is provided by the McKnight Foundation. Textile Center is honored to be a McKnight Artist Fellowships program partner.

Learn more about the fellows here!

(Header image: artwork by Eun-Kyung Suh [left] and Liz Miller [right])