“Women of the Uncommon Cloth II”January 25 – March 1 2019
Opening Reception: January 25, 2019 from 6-8pm (Free and Open to the Public)
The Ormond Memorial Art Museum welcomes three artists whose innovative work with fiber explores the relation between culture, cloth and the individual human experience, in Women of the Uncommon Cloth II. June Lee, Sooo-z Mastropietro, and Laura Mongiovi wrap, stitch, and knot a variety of materials, discovering parallels and contrasts within contemporary culture and the past.
June Lee (Seoul, Korea) studies social problems in contemporary society, most specifically Bystander Effect. In one piece, “Bystander”, her miniature figures (about eight inches tall) are cast in resin in stances of indifference, and then intricately wrapped with unique thread patterns to represent individuality. Her work juxtaposes the value placed on a unique identity with the choice to abandon responsibility and adopt an “invisible presence” by gathering in a crowd.
Sooo-z Mastropietro (Westport, CT) has designed a signature medium of hand sewn fabric tubes, which she uses to compose visual stories in three-dimensional cloth. Identifying as the “outlier looking in”, her work illustrates wordplay, mental imagery and observations. Colorful, organic and textural– the pieces in her current collection, Knitiot Savant, reflect a playful patchwork of interests and imagination.
Laura Mongiovi (St. Augustine, FL) responds to overlooked stories of the past and present with art that raises consciousness of a particular time and place. Her research on the relationship between culture and the landscape of Northeast Florida is reflected in her most recent work which visually narrates her findings using felt, clay, thread and faux fur. Focusing on the structure of colonization with an emphasis on the fur trade, women’s rights and indigo plantations, Mongiovi questions contemporary recognition of Florida’s landscape and history.
Images for left to right: “Static” by Sooo-z Mastropietro, “Bystander” by June Lee, Detail from “Pink Horizon” by Laura Mongiovi