Saturday, September 16th – Saturday, December 9th
The Galleries at Moore
Opening Reception: Friday, September 15 5:30-8 pm
Narrative Horizons presents the work of three women—Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin M. Riley—whose contemporary studio practices are heavily influenced by traditions steeped in functional craft and the handmade. Presented in conjunction with CraftNow—a citywide exhibition examining the fluid boundaries that exist around art, design and craft—this show considers how contemporary revivals of sewing, weaving and embroidery reflect the continuing feminist interest in historical technique and play a crucial role in helping these artists understand the past while addressing identity in the present and future. Influenced by social media, popular culture and personal relationships, each woman uses traditional fiber-based and textile-derivative techniques to bridge the gap between what is perceived as functional craft and high art.
Kay Healy uses hand drawn, screen-printed and stuffed fabric installations to investigate themes of home, displacement, loss and vulnerability. She received an MFA from the University of the Arts and a BA from Oberlin College. Healy has shown at Gallery Septima in Tokyo, Japan, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, among others, and most recently her 350 square foot screen print Coming Home was purchased by the Pennyslvania Convention Center. She lives and works in Philadelphia.
Sophia Narrett’s practice is influenced by popular culture and pushes the boundaries of embroidery through narrative imagery she creates as though she were painting. She received an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. Narrett’s work is included in the collections of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the University of Maryland and the Brown University Creative Arts Council. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Erin M. Riley utilizes social media as a tool for collecting images she translates into hand woven tapestries exploring voyeuristic perspectives. She received an MFA from Tyler School of Art and BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Riley is a MacDowell Fellow, a past resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Vermont Studio Center, among others, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.