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January 26, 2012 to May 3, 2012

Andrea Donnelly: Binary

Richmond-based artist Andrea Donnelly's large-scale woven works comprised Binary, her first solo exhibition in Philadelphia, held in the first floor galleries at the Philadelphia Art Alliance from January 2, 2012 to April 23, 2012. Donnelly's process is as intriguing as the finished product. The artist first applies a monoprint to hand-woven cloth, then un-weaves and reweaves the cloth into two separate mirror images. Donnelly describes this process as a way of rendering the work “a literal record of its making, from the spontaneous application of dye and pigment onto the original cloth to the carefully controlled weaving process which creates the final bilateral image.” While Donnelly's work emphasizes the physical act of weaving, the scale simultaneously lends a monumental quality to an art form that is sometimes regarded as merely decorative.

Tags: fiber