Earl Selkirk Gallery
Earl Selkirk Gallery
AMANDA McCAVOUR recent work: lines and tangles
Running from Thursday September 21st 2017 to Sunday November 5th 2017
recent work: lines and tangles
Reception: Thursday September 28th 6-8pm. Artist will be in attendance
ARTiculation’s first artist in residence, Amanda McCavour, has been working in the second floor studio on projects for the last 9 months. This exhibition shows some of these projects that are based on everyday objects found in homes and offices. Lined paper, tangled cords, and small houseplants are rendered out of thread and are presented as drawings and embroideries.
Amanda McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings by sewing into fabric that dissolves in water. Through this process, I can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, so that the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works ravelled strength.
This work is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.
McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength.
Through an exploration of line and its 2-d and 3-d implications, stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence. Amanda’s work explores embroidery’s duality- it’s subtle quality versus it’s accumulative
presence and its structural possibilities versus its fragility. Through experimentation and creation within her studio, she continues to investigate line in the context of embroidery, drawing and installation.
McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation and has recently completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in Gatineau (QB), Williamsport (PA) and Vancouver (BC). She has received awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America for her work.