Shapes of Stillness and Force 7
Handwoven textile cast into concrete | 2020
This series, Shapes of Stillness and Force, combines handwoven knit silk and cotton textiles with cast pewter, which is then embedded in concrete. Gregory’s use of knit textiles (versus woven) transforms a single, delicate thread into a semi two-dimensional plane wherein each loop depends on the stability of those that surround it to create a strong and sturdy, yet pliable and flexible, textile. Once the knit is complete, she pours molten pewter through the fabric, where it takes the form of its surroundings. As the heated metal alloy meanders through the individual loops of the knit cloth, it cools, hardens, and provokes the knit to become inflexible. Gregory furthers this transformation of the fabric by embedding it into weighty concrete, solidifying its stillness and permanence.
24 x 18 inches
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“My work, I believe, lives in a realm of universal experiences because of the materials I choose. I hope to draw attention to that by representing them to the viewer in an unfamiliar way, allowing for a re-recognition whatever that means to the individual.”
Crystal Gregory's sculptures combine the permanence of concrete with the fluidity of hand-woven textiles. Gregory has exhibited her work at numerous museums and galleries in the United States, including The Hunterdon Art Museum, The Rockwell Museum of Art, UK Art Museum (Kentucky). Gregory's work has been reviewed by in Hyperallergic, Surface Design Journal, Art Critical, and Peripheral Vision.
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