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and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

and we dredge

Reconstruction Study I

Reconstruction Study I

Photographer: Dan Meyers

Reconstruction Study II

Reconstruction Study II

Photographer: Dan Meyers

Space III: and we dredge, Reconstruction Studies

Displayed as part of the 2019 MICA Undergraduate Commencement Exhibition, Palimpsest is a solo show investigating the generational repercussions of forced relocation through iron oxidation and magnetization, the woven structure and use of water-soluble weft, and waterleaf paper structures. The exhibition was divided into three spaces, to display a suite of works considering each subject. Poetry and supplemental wall text were interspersed throughout the exhibition.

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In the third and final space, a piece of handmade linen paper with stenciled pulp painting displays the title of the piece. 

and we dredge is an 8-yard handwoven scroll with tencel warp and water-soluble weft. The fabric is periodically lowered into a large, handmade stoneware vessel filled with water. The capillary action of the tencel warp draws water into the weaving and progressively dissolves the fabric. The dissolved fabric extends from one side of the space to the other, the dissolved ends eventually wrapping onto another beam. 

Reconstruction Studies I & II also consider the ephemeral matrix—in one, nails are inserted into a handwoven piece, progressively rust-dyeing the fabric; in another, a blended silk/cotton fabric is printed with a burnout acid paste, dissolving the cotton in the fabric, then weaving the fabric back together with silk thread.