Join us for a facilitated conversation about Narrative Horizons, a show that considers how contemporary revivals of sewing, weaving and embroidery reflect the continuing feminist interest in historical techniques. Featuring exhibiting artists Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin M. Riley and moderated by Imani Roach, Managing Editor at Artblog.org. This event is FREE and open to the public. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Kay Healy uses hand drawn, screen-printed and stuffed fabric installations to investigate themes of home, displacement, loss and vulnerability. Healy received an MFA from the University of the Arts and a BA from Oberlin College. Her 350 square foot screen printed installation Coming Home, was purchased by the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2016. She was named a West Collects winner, a Fellow in the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ (CFEVA) Career Development Program and most recently was a recipient of the Independence Foundation’s Fellowship in the Arts for a site-specific installation at the Central Free Library of Philadelphia. She was previously the recipient of the Leeway Art and Social Change grant and the NewCourtland Fellowship. Healy has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Septima in Tokyo, Japan, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Windgate Gallery at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, University of Alabama Huntsville, the Philadelphia International Airport and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, among others. Healy lives and works in Philadelphia.
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 critical role in helping these artists understand the past while addressing identity in the present and future