Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Exhibition: F* ART
Media: Cotton, thread, trash bags, metallic yarn
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery Easr
Website: Artist does not have a website
For this week’s artist conversation, I got to meet Alicia Keyworth. Alicia is currently an undergraduate here at CSULB and is going to graduate next semester. She is getting her BFA in fiber and a BA in art education. At first she started out with graphic design as a freshman and switched to art education and later fell in love with fiber art after taking a class. During her free time, she likes to weave. She is currently working on raw fleece right now. Her work is focused more on the process such as from start to finish.
One piece of Alicia’s artwork is the woven wall piece that was displayed at the art gallery. Her art piece is called Wasteful Growth. It is made from woven cotton yarn, trash bags, and metallic yarn. Her artwork included only two main colors, black and gold because she wanted to challenge herself and do something different. Many of her art pieces would be colorful because she uses scrap pieces. She describes her artwork to be free in material but structurally traditional. She says that structure of her pieces is a traditional process where she uses different materials that normally isn’t used for the process.
Alicia’s artwork looked very unique to me. I never thought something made with trash bags can be so inspiring. As I was having a conversation with the artist, I saw that she is an eco-friendly person. Her artwork focuses on waste, where she uses scrap pieces to make appealing art. Alicia was inspired from the pacific garbage patch. She believes that metallic yarn is an abstract image of the pacific garbage patch. To me, this is very unique because she is using waste to create something more attractive.
I had a great time exploring all of the artwork at the gallery, however Alicia’s piece really stood out to me. I really liked it because it made me realize a lot of things. The artwork made me realize that not only good quality materials brings good outcome. Her artwork was made from scraps, however you can see the care that she put into it. I learned from this that the process, love, and effort that a person puts in to their artwork brings out the quality that you want. It is not necessarily the materials that makes the artwork special, but how the artist creates it.
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