Weaving is an ancient art form which possesses a unique ability to make connections: the connecting of fine threads is a physical manifestation of the connections made between people, cultures, and civilizations. Cloth is protective in nature. It is used to shield us from the elements, conceal our bodies, and bandage our wounds. Through expressive healing and public collaboration, “Strong Ties, Invisible Threads” is a reclamation of body and identity in the face of sexual violence and rape culture. An interactive fiber installation provides the opportunity to take action and express the powerful impact of our resonating, collective voices.
In a contemporary Western society which rapidly values artifice and consumption more than authentic quality and meaning, craft is recontextualized to signify an enduring connection of humankind to the natural world. Weavings are vessels–vertical warp threads bend and adapt to contain horizontal weft threads, forming strength in an interwoven cloth. Through the investigation of material, pattern, and structure, my work examines the relationship between gender, society, and the individual.
Erb graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2016 with a BFA in Ceramics. While attending MICA, she also studied Illustration and Textile Design. After receiving her degree, Erb moved back to her hometown of Durham, NC where she has worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art, taught workshops at a variety of art centers, and given lessons and artist talks at various local schools. Erb has had her work exhibited throughout the East Coast. She works in clay using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine form and surface with dynamic uses of fiber and textile.
Artist Talk/Group Discussion: Thursday, October 25th, 5pm-7pm
In conjunction with the artist talk, Evee Erb will host an event promoting the connection of survivors and allies, allowing individuals to meet and verbally share in person within guidelines maintaining a safe space without judgement.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26th, 6pm-9pm
Refreshments served as exhibition/installation are opened.
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 10th, 7pm-9pm
Refreshments served as exhibition/installation are closed.
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October 25 - November 11, 2018