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.
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.
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.”