COLUMBUS, OH - The Martin de Porres Center is pleased to present the textile art of Ohio Dominican University graduate Sue King in an exhibit titled "Geography: Exploring the Physical World and the Human Experience," May 7 - June 30. All are invited to a reception with the artist on June 23, 3-4:30pm, in conjunction with Ohio Dominican's Alumni Weekend.
In her artist statement, Ms. King declares her fascination with history and old photographs, resulting in her work serving as a dialog with the past, "searching for a way to connect our present condition with the human experience of those who came before." In her role as a clinical social worker, she is ever searching for connections with others, recognizing that it is the emotions and commonalities of experience that bind people together and define what it means to be human. The artist's latest work focuses on the themes of hardship, sacrifice, survival, and heroism. Influenced by the paintings of Alice Neal and the photography of Diane Arbus, she prefers the study of common people over celebrity with her work clearly demonstrating appreciation for both the absurdity and the beauty of the human form.
A variety of textiles used in creating these works includes silk, velvet, denim, and corduroy, as well as traditional cottons. Some textiles are purchased on trips and others are re-purposed clothing bought at resale stores. Fabrics are enhanced with paint, pastels, and colored pencils, then embellished with embroidery, beads, and found objects. The artist uses heavy free-motion machine quilting as a personal signature to add texture and to unify her textile art.
The Martin de Porres Center is located at 2330 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219. Please call the Center at 614.416.1910 to make an appointment to visit the gallery.