OGDEN, Utah – The Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery will host “Topography: Recording Place – Mapping Surface,” a solo exhibition of work by U.K.-based, Greek artist and designer Ismini Samanidou, from March 12 to April 12. Samanidou will open the exhibit with a lecture March 15 at 6 p.m. followed by a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.
A textile designer and artist, Samanidou, conveys a deep engagement and curiosity with the ideas of topography, or surface and landscape. Often using a photograph as a point of entry for exploring various topographies, she incorporates the subject matter of the photograph into woven form, using either hand or industrial Jacquard looms. While her subject matter, such as wall surfaces, plants and clouds, and her material, woven cloth, might be dismissed as ubiquitous in daily life, her interpretation and application of these surfaces or landscapes imply that there is something beyond the surface to consider, both literally and metaphorically in the textile.
“I am fascinated by the way in which woven textiles can extend historical and geographical boundaries and remain a common language and means of expression,” Samanidou said. “The information I collect captures time and place through the impermanence and beauty of the everyday: evidence of decay seen in architectural surfaces, weathered landscape, natural surfaces, macro images of plants, even weaving itself. By closely examining and analyzing this information, I then reconstruct it in woven form. I use my camera to record the world around me. My photographs are my memory, my story.”
Samanidou combines traditional hand weaving, design software, photography, drawing and video to document the world from her vantage point.
Samanidou graduated with a Master of Arts in constructed textiles from the Royal College of Art in London in 2003. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and Central Saint Martins College.
This traveling exhibition is curated by Katie Lee, gallery director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery. The exhibit was first displayed at the Craft Studies Centre in England and then the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in North Carolina.
Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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