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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
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.
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
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