I feel like this is one of the most cohesive shows we've ever had. The challenge with working with a group of various artists is finding ways to fit together the interests and mediums of those diverse people. This exhibit has a range of media, but the "Women" theme pulled it together beautifully. For a long time it seemed like we had a lot of printmakers in the group, but lately there's been a nice range of fiber focus as well.
Pam Flynn, a professor of art at Holy Family College, had 2 embroidered works on paper: the mandala/shield/breast above and the paper doll below.
Joanna Fulginiti has delved deeper into fiber, edging out the paint. Her work and her framing technique below were intriguing. The gross-out factor of the surgical drawing are tempered by the patterning and lush colors. It reminds me a bit of the Catholic "Sacred Hearts"- gory but beautiful.
Qaadira Allen stands proudly with her off-loom inspires piece. She recently took a class with Lewis Knauss who was my former fibers teacher. I like the blending of bowl/belly, bark/skin in this sculptural paper and fiber piece.
There's a lot of fantastic work in this show, so if you're in Philly, hurry over to International House before it disappears! For other press check this out.
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