Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Exhibition: F* ART
Media: Woven Cotten yarn, metallic yarn, and trash bags
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the artist
Alicia is currently an undergrad here at California State University Long Beach. She is currently in the Bfa fiber program and art education. In her free time, she likes to give attention to her cats. She is obsessed with alpacas and visits them at a petting zoo.
The art piece is created out of trashbags and other pieces of yarn. It is dark black and has a “tattered” feeling to it. It reminds me of a piece of ripped jeans. Just like jeans, it felt “worn” but because of the “tattered” style of the artwork, it was quite edgy.
This artwork was inspired by the pacific garbage patch. She focused on waste and recycling of items by using a lot of scrap pieces. Alicia also stated that she tried to challenge herself by only using two colors. She wanted the artwork to feel very “garbage-y” and told us to try and feel the artwork.
Just as I stated before, the jagged and tattered style that showed from the artwork has a connection with the pacific garbage patch. It gave me an image of a pair of old tattered jeans in the pile of the pacific garbage patch. I feel as if Alicia was trying to shed light on the issue of pollution. This artwork has definetly gotten me to start thinking about the environment a lot more.