Week 7 – Artist Conversation – Alicia Keyworth

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Week 7 – Artist Conversation – Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition Information  – Artist: Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition: F*art –  Fiber Arts Group Show

Media: Fibers, trash bags, Cotton Thread, and Metallic Yarn

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: none 

Instagram: aliciakeyworth

Artist Background – Alicia is an undergrad artist, both a Fibers and Art education major

and is graduating next semester with a BFA in Fiber and BA in Art education. She is

currently working on her teaching credentials as she hopes to become an art teacher in the

future. She is thinking about perhaps teaching kindergarden students. 

She is from Los Alamitos. When she was a freshmen in college, she was in graphic design,

but she saw that she liked fibers and teaching more, so she switched majors.

Her interests include weaving and cats as she has two. She is currently working on making

a sheep fleece. She likes to go to San Juan Capistrano to see the animals called alpacas.

She said that some of her work explores materials that are thrown away, but are

repurposed and used for other purposes.

Formal Analysis – She only had one work in the gallery. which was called

“Wasteful Growth.” It is not that big and it was black and gold. rectangle shape.

As mentioned, the materials are fibers, trash bags and metallic yarn.

She weaved the metallic yarn and added metallic yarn through the trash bag.

She weaved the plastic of the trash bag that is held together by thread. The work is

detailed unclose  but looks more simple from a distance.

The texture of the trash bag is plastic and was soft. The metallic yarn was smooth, but not

rough. it is durable material. the work has some rhythm, it is straight. It is also simple and

has different lines.

Content Analysis

She said that for this work she wanted to be able to be free and try different materials that

aren’t normally used together. She said she does works based on process. She is interested

in  environmental issues like the got the garbage patch in the ocean, which inspired this

work.   she used scraps. This work is not very colorful but she said that her other works are

more colorful. She did not want to include a lot of color in this work as she wanted to do

something different.

Synthesis / My Experience

I though that this work was simple but had an overall message of repurposing materials

that were scraps or trash. She tried to do something different. I have not seen the garbage

patches that she was inspired by. So this work does not resonate to me to me, but this

work has different meanings for different people.  i think that it is detailed and well done.

It was cool learning about different processes of making things, especially with recycled

materials. In conclusion, it was a good conversation.

Here are some pictures of the artist, her work and other artworks also at the gallery

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