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Opening reception: "Reflections on Cloth"

  • The Monday Club of Webster Groves 37 S. Maple Avenue Webster Groves, MO 63119 (map)

The Monday Club of Webster Groves presents “Reflections on Cloth,” a solo exhibition featuring artist Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen on view September 8-October 29, 2019 in the Monday Club Gallery. Free reception Sunday, September 8, 2-4 p.m. Free Artist’s Gallery Talk on Monday, September 7, 1 p.m.
Artist’s Exhibition Statement: “When I was seven, my grandmother taught me how to embroider images onto cloth. For practice, she drew on fabric with pencil and I stitched over her lines, the same way her mother taught her. The act of transforming thread into drawing became an experience of intimacy, an act which connects me to my lineage. This exhibition explores portrait image, text, and pattern through stitched line. The embroidered images are both a reflection of self, and a reflection of intimate togetherness.”
Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Fibers from Truman State University, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Fibers at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. In 2010, she spent a month volunteering in Bolivia with Projecto Artesania Zona Andina (PAZA), a women’s weaving cooperative consisting of three generations of women weaving and sewing together to support their families. In 2011, she was awarded a Nathan Cummings Travel Grant to spend the summer in Limpopo, South Africa to volunteer with Mapusha, a women’s cooperative with a similar purpose of empowerment for women by creating income through weaving and creation of artisan products. Kelsey currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, teaching outreach and community classes in textiles. Continuing to learn and to teach others has become an important part of her life as an artist, and these experiences filter in to her studio practice.
This exhibit is free & open to the public M, W & F 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or by appointment. For appointment to view call 314/737-7571 or 314/477-6581.

Earlier Event: September 7
Artist Gallery Talk: Stephanie Syjuco
Later Event: September 8
"Reflections on Cloth"