This exhibition brings five artists together whose work engages the relationship between myth and materials through processes based in various craft-related techniques. Utilizing the language of materials, these artists subvert and exploit the historical and socio-political associations that their media embodies. Through engaged experimentation, forms emerge from the activity of making. Speaking with the metaphorical qualities and palpable traits of their chosen materials, these artists join conversations with a long line of craft-based arts, sharing appreciation for the raw sensual appeal of these traditions. The approach artists take in Material Myth is very much in alignment with the Neo-Craftivism approach to artmaking, defined as a reinvigoration of Betsy Greer’s term Craftivism: a single word designed to merge craft and social activism, utilizing craft as a subversion. ‘Craft’, with all its connotations, is used as an escape-hatch, a means to think outside of the confines of contemporary art making.
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