by Whitney Mahoney
Walls, burdens, and façades portray a dismal view of disaster and grief, but immense strength and beauty is revealed through the therapeutic removal of emotional bandages. Such meticulous self-repair and introspection engenders prudence, resilience, and perspective, while scars and other evidence of distress remain as a richly textured picture of life experience and growth.
In the Balance acts as a barrier and depicts the tensions and manipulations necessary to create a physical and emotional façade. Provisional suspension and weighting illustrate a chaotic hastiness in the creation of an adequate blockade. Collectively, the mending, scrunching, and scarring in this work illustrate the strain of growth and the resulting beauty of adaptation."-Mahoney
Whitney Mahoney is an artist living and working in Lawrence, Kansas. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and was fortunate to be introduced to the wonderful world of fiber arts in her backyard at Arizona State University. Having been exposed to sewing and dyeing early in life she was able to develop and expand these skills at ASU, focusing primarily on the printing of cloth. Graduating in 2009 and desiring to further explore her concepts and ideas, she enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Kansas in 2010. Focusing on Textiles, her work has focused on the physical manipulation of fabric through the use of hand stitch to address issues of tragedy and healing as part of the human experience.
*Opening Reception on Friday November 1st, 2013 from 6:00-10:00pm*