Incremental Signals | Shanna Fliegel & Kim Mirus

January 29 – March 28, 2020 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery

The works on view in Incremental Signals are keeping track of things: our rapidly changing climate, moments in our daily lives, damage, and memory.

With every stitch, Kim Mirus uses weaving to show us the data of what is happening near the North Pole due to climate change. Shanna Fliegel’s narrative vessels tell us stories made from memory fragments, pieced together in an attempt at preservation.

These works demand our attention. They ask us to slow down and look, to consider the weight of our choices, and to notice what we remember. Individually, the works are showing us data, statistics, and information. Together, they are sending us signals.

Shanna Fliegel, Dunced Individualism, red earthenware, slips, thermofax, 2018

Does every moment exist forever? What is it that compels us to preserve thoughts, memories and events? We search for our cameras and record every moment, compulsively, as if they may slip away before we even get the chance to experience them. Ancient Sumerian culture used clay to keep track of items, counting, tallying, creating civilization’s first inventory. Clay has an innate ability to record marks, scratches, and impressions, and it is my intention to take part in that story through color, texture and imagery. Preserving both personal and universal experiences on clay surfaces seems to legitimize and celebrate every moment.

I find comfort in physics, in that research is confirming that the multiple dimensions that surround us may very well support every moment in time. It seems both magical and a relief that each story we experience as humans may always exist forever, especially when change is the only constant.

-Shanna Fliegel

See more of Shanna’s work here.

Kim Mirus, Glacial Wall, handwoven wool and cotton, 2019

 

After researching our changing climate firsthand through an artist residency expedition near the North Pole, Kim created these weavings in response to retreating glaciers, declining ice masses, and incremental sea level rise as visual symbols of our impact on the world around us. Kim was struck by the amount of plastic and garbage from all over the world that washes up on these extremely remote islands in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and by how quickly the landscape there is transforming. The pieces in Incremental Signals are each handwoven with sustainable fibers and are informed by data about places never inhabited by humans that are nonetheless being directly affected by the rapidly changing environment. 

-Kim Mirus

See more of Kim’s work here.

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