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In this public lecture from the Studio Art Program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences and scheduled for Wednesday, March 22nd at 3:30 pm in Loyola Hall, Room 8, Patricia Miranda, New York artist, curator, educator, founder of The Crit Lab, graduate-level critical seminars for artists, and MAPSpace project space, will explore and discuss how she works with donated, repurposed, lace and linens in sculpture and installation. The complex form of lace retains a trace of the economic and craft histories of women. The aggregation of individual stitches, often dismissed as “grandma's doilies,” into monumental works makes visible the hidden economic labor, and labor of care, in the lives of women.  

 

The sculptures reference female bodies as architecture, sheltering the community under their voluminous skirts. In their exaggerated scale and insistent tenderness they are manifestos of femininity and strength, a tangible act of mending, remembering, collecting and preserving. Miranda is interested in the slippage between an appearance of awkwardness, unfinish, and contingency, precariously held by sewing pins and thread, with an underlying architectural stability and strength. She states, “I respond to the machismo of big installations through a soft object — one that is adaptable, collapsable into parts, able to grow in scale without a corresponding destructive use of resources. Repurposed bio-degradable materials and natural dyes allow for site-responsive installations with a small ecological footprint”.

 

Website: https://www.patriciamiranda.com/

Partial Funding provided by:  Department of Visual and Performing Arts; The Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

**In correlation with Miranda’s lecture and to continue an exploration of the “physical and symbolic properties of thread” as well as a survey of “femininity and strength”, please be sure to visit the following exhibitions at the Fairfield University of Art’s Walsh Gallery and Bellarmine Hall Galleries, Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul and Women’s Rights are Human Rightshttps://www.fairfield.edu/museum/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/index.html

 

Contact with any questions: Jo Yarrington, Studio Art Professor, jyarrington@fairfield.edu

 

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