Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Work by Hartwick College Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher will be shown at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in New Mexico from November 4, 2016 to January 21, 2017. Kreisher’s crocheted exhibition, Hekate’s Dream, will be part of a group show called Transforming Space-Transforming Fiber.
The 8’ x 12’ exhibit is a colorful crocheted and knit installation built from funnel-like shapes referencing desert plant forms and blooms.
“It is as if the archaic domestic goddess, Hekate, dreamed of a desert landscape where distorted plants give way to surprising blooms, funnels deliver water, and disrupting whirlwinds come and go,” Kreisher said.
This new project is part of her on-going series of “Dream” installations, journeys into unconscious narratives, and the reworking of memories and myths, always using a woman’s voice and coming from a feminist perspective.
“Working with the yarn and thread and cloth to ‘find’ the imagery, I imagined myself at all ages in half-remembered rooms with my mother and grandmothers,” she said. “We talked and talked while we knit sweaters and darned socks, while we patched and crocheted, while we made hooked rugs from old wool suits and quilts from old cotton dresses. Sometimes elegant designs resulted, but at other times we were making repairs and making do, transforming the scraps of yesterday into something new and useful and beautiful.”
Two Hartwick alumni, Colleen Davis ’15 and Katherine Bartlett ’16, assisted with the crocheting, and Faculty Trustee Research grants supported their work.
Since 1982 Kreisher has been a professor of art at Hartwick College, where she has taught both printmaking and photography. Her work is in permanent collections at the Albany (NY) Institute of History and Art; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; and the Quay School of Art in Wanganui, New Zealand. Recent exhibitions include Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, CA; Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ; Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, NY; Union College in Schenectady, NY; Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, NY; and the Inkshop in Ithaca, NY.
Kreisher received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1971. She earned a master’s in 1981 and an MFA in 1986, both in printmaking and photo-related processes, from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
During a teaching sabbatical in spring 2011, Kreisher was artist in residence at RioBravoFineArt Gallery in Truth or Consequences, NM, where she developed a temporary site-specific installation called Dream Desert. In 2013, several of her pinhole photographs were added to the Pinhole Resource Center collection, now housed in the Governor’s Palace at Santa Fe, NM. For Fiber Art 2014: A Mixed Bag at RioBravoFineArt she was invited to create Hekate, a knit and found object installation about this goddess of the domestic sphere with reference to contemporary issues about assaults to women’s minds and bodies.
At Hartwick, Kreisher teaches a First Year Seminar called Women in Photography that asks students to consider how gender may have affected the work and success of women who chose photography as a means of expression in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
Transforming Space-Transforming Fiber opens November 4, and Kreisher will give a presentation on her work at the museum on November 9.
For more information on the Las Cruces Museum of Art and the exhibit, visit the website.
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