Stonehill Gallery Director Uses Cloth to Explore Autobiography in

September 26, 2012


Candice Smith Corby, director of Stonehill's Cushing-Martin Gallery, has co-curated a new exhibition currently on display at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. Titled Self/Fabricated, the exhibit re-examines the use of cloth originally used for craft and domestic activity as a new means to paint or "draw" on. Each artist explores autobiography through themes of home, the body, self-portraiture, and relations. The exhibit will be on display through January 13.

In her works, Smith Corby combines images of furniture, the human body, and household objects that deal with conflicted feelings of domestic celebration and potential entrapment and disillusionment.

In one of her pieces (pictured above), she uses a napkin as her canvas for a gouache painting, which is an opaque form of watercolor paint.

In addition to painting, drawing, and printmaking, the exhibition artwork incorporates a range of needlework techniques such as beading, embroidery, sewing, quilting, and stitching, including punch work, pulled thread and a variety of historical stitching techniques.

All the artists pay tribute to acts of domesticity. Each are indebted to the countless and often anonymous women who embellished cloth at home and quietly commemorated and recorded aspects of their lives throughout history.

As they respond to the stitching and marks found on these cloths, each wonders about the women who made them and attempts to find a universal resonance through their new embellishments. This is reflected in the content of each artist.

Other artists featured in Self/Fabricated include Ilona Anderson, David Curcio, Wylie Sofia Garcia, Jan Johnson, Joetta Maue, and Leslie Schomp, who co-curated the project with Smith Corby.

Smith Corby has been the Director of Stonehill's Cushing-Martin Gallery since 2007. In that role, she curates four professional artist exhibitions and facilitates in-house exhibitions such as the Alumni and Faculty Biennials, Senior and Graphic Design Annuals, and the annual Exhibitions and Collections capstone course exhibition.

In addition to serving as Gallery Director, she teaches studio arts courses at the College and is a Massachusetts Cultural Council 2008 Fellow in painting and a Dave Bown Projects 2011 award recipient.

The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and is located at 189 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02331. For more information, visit their website http://www.artcomplex.org/

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