"Mixed Media Fiber Composites"
October 28, 2013, 2:30pm room 103, Locklear Hall, UNCP
Hinton will discuss her work, demonstrate her process with mixed media fiber creations and talk of sources of inspiration in her art. Emphasis will be on improvisation and play in the collage process with a vareity of mixed media combinations. The focus of this workshop is experimenting with fabric combinations, digital printing of background layers, joining methods and embellishment options. This is an interactive workshop where students are encouraged to share their energy and imagination, in the true spirit of art making.
As a visual artist, I work in a variety of mixed media art combinations ranging from photo collage, to digital painting and mixed media composite, to collage conglomerate sculpture, to mixed media fiber composite, to fiber installation. All of these approaches address parallel themes of Native American cultural reawakening and human kinship with the natural environment. They reflect the organic beauty I find in the elements and invoke the concept of transformation, often using southeastern mound culture designs and concepts. My overall style is influenced by traditional Chinese painting techniques, which I studied in Beijing in the early eighties. This disciplined training taught me to capture the random configurations of trees, mountains and water and to portray the essential contrasts found in nature.
Being of mixed ethnicity, my artist background is unique in that I see mixed media as a form of reconciliation, where the unsettled fragments of my eclectic life experience are sewn together like sections of a patchwork quilt. By making use of the versatility of digital technology and photography in combination with conventional hand-rendered artwork and the tactile qualities of fibers, boundaries between mediums blur to create hybrid art forms. A conceptual merging takes place through the distillation of organic patterns, human and animal depictions, and cultural references. Through these processes multiple layers of meaning unfold to tell stories of old and new.
I like to think of this work as a window through which one can look inward and outward at the same time. Ideally, the contemplation of the formal and poetic beauty of a piece reinforces a sense of connection with, and sensitivity towards, our life support system, the earth.
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013
Gina Gibson, Afraid to Fly
Medium: Digital Collage
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