February 7, 2023

Guest Post: Adrienne Sloane, Artist-in-Residence

Fractured Lives, photo by artist

Adrienne Sloane was a resident at Peters Valley in the Fall of 2022, thanks to the generosity of the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation. Below, she writes about her work, her residency, and what she’s been up to since:

“As a mixed media artist with a focus in fiber techniques, my work frequently responds to the moral and political landscape of the day. By using iconic imagery to visually address these frayed and unraveled places, I look to promote thoughtful dialogue as we navigate the difficult times we live in.

Radiant Hearbreak, photo credit artist

My residency at Peter’s Valley in late fall gave me a wonderful chunk of time to focus on several of the pieces that I already had in process.  The large tables and ample space allowed me great luxury of spreading out so that I could cycle between various pieces as I chose, as they spoke to me… and each other.

Two of these pieces, only recently, finished address gun violence. I am pleased to note that this work will be shown in an upcoming exhibit titled, Through These Eyes, which will run from March through May at the PEG Center for Arts & Activism in Newburyport, MA.

A small section of a work in the exhibit at the Peters Valley gallery inspired yet another piece. Adopting a section of this quilting technique, I created Radiant Heartbreak, a companion piece to an earlier work, An Incalculable Loss, both of which which use the all obituary front page of the New York Times from May 24, 2020 as a backdrop for a conversation on the ravages of covid and beyond.

Made in USA, photo by artist

The New York Times just recently published ‘The Revolutionary Power of a Skein of Yarn’ by Peggy Orenstein. As the relationship, both historical and current, between fiber arts and politics continues to seep into the public eye, I am happy to consider myself a part of this movement.”

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

A young girl watches a middle aged man weave a basket. Her mother looks on.
May 25 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Art in the Park Day

May 18 at 10:00 am - August 4 at 6:00 pm

2024 Making Matters: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft Exhibition

June 20 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Craft, Creativity & Cocktails Benefit Event