From staff reports
The Old Art Building in Leland will present the 21st annual Focus on Fiber event over the weekend of October 7-9. This year’s event highlights the work of Chicago-based artist Georgina Valverde and her exhibition entitled Atavia. An artist conversation will take place on Friday, October 7. The free reception opens at 5:30 pm with the artist talk beginning at 6:00 pm. The exhibit will continue from 10 am-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Drop by any time during the exhibition to interact with the artist and see the installation. Through the Atavia series, the artist inquires whether the impulse to craft by hand is reasserting itself in new ways after a long dormancy, preceded by thousands of years of humans honing the trait. An Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events helped to provide partial support for this project.
Atavia, meaning great-great-great grandmother in Latin, is the title of this group of sculptures that reflect on women’s work, craft, and the role of the handmade object. Atavia also relates to atavism, a biological term referring to an ancestral trait that reappears in an individual after its absence from previous generations through evolutionary change.
Valverde is a Mexican-born multimedia artist and educator whose sculptural work incorporates crafts and a wide range of everyday materials to create sculptures that invite viewers to re-examine the familiar and explore the wealth of meanings inherent in material culture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, although this is her first time exhibiting in the local area.
To learn more about the exhibit, visit this webpage. For additional information, call the Old Art Building at 231-256-2131.