I am getting down to the wire with connective thread artists to feature. I think tomorrow will be the last one. I hope you have enjoyed getting to see these artists a little more up close and personal. Getting to meet and correspond with these very talented women has truly been an honor and privilege for me. In general, the process of curating connective thread has been an extremely rewarding experience and I look forward to curating more exhibits in the future.
Today's feature is on the very sweet artist Jennifer Bevill, she had a tiny but very special little piece in the exhibit. An image of this piece graced the cover of our show announcement.
Jenny has an extremely varied portfolio that includes detailed quilts, lovely and subtle "knitted books," skin like mobiles, and much, much more. Impressively with this diversity she still has a very cohesive aesthetic and hand through all the work.
Her artist statement proves that she is just as poetic with words as she is with the visual experience. It is worth going over and reading the entire thing here.
She states about her work and how she came to it:
I grew up in Tornado Alley in northern Alabama, where the dirt really is red and the landscape flat and ugly. After a tornado came through, we’d pile in the car and ride out to look at the wreckage. My grandmothers and great-grandmothers were my constant companions. They shaped my sensibility around things old, ragged and rusty—things found in stifling attics or at auctions held in barns. I grew up in a world of strange southern women visiting in kitchens, making weekly trips to the cemetery for fun and to the 5 &10 for paint-by-number sets which I dutifully filled in and which they dutifully framed and displayed
... My art is female and family focused, often with unsettling undertones. Childbirth, childhood, and growth springing from loss are at the core of my work.
...My work often looks gentle but it’s not; it’s more like a muffled scream.
See more of her work here.