wk7-Artitst Conversation- Alicia Keyworth

Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Exhibition: F* ART
Media: Fibers(cotton thread, trash bags, metallic yarn)
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: N/A
Instagram: @aliciakeyworth

Alicia Keyworth is an undergrad student at CSULB in the BFA Fiber program. She is also getting a BA in Art education to become an art teacher for Kindergarten through High School. She started her interest with graphic design and then transitioned to fibers art. Her favorite thing to do it to weave. Right now she is repurposing a sheep fleece. Her favorite fiber art artist os Sheila Hicks.

Alicia’s piece in the F*ART exhibit, Wasteful Growth, is made out of woven cotton yarn, trash bags, and metallic yarn.The trash bags make the pieced very durable. The cotton and metallic yarn are woven into the trash bags. She let us touch is because it’s durability. The  cotton yarn looks like it is woven vertically. Alicia said the metallic yarn is in the shape of the Pacfic Garbage Patch, which was her inspiration for this piece.The whole piece its self is rectangular. The trash bags are black and the metallic yarn is gold. It seem rough.

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Alicia’s style is “free with materials but structured with the process”. She uses a traditional process and loves using different materials together. She is trying to focus on waste and repurposing.

Alicia’s work is super cool. I found it interesting because she repurposes fibers and waste and makes art. Usually we do not get to touch the pieces in the exhibits, so I liked that we could touch her piece. Her piece caught my eye because of the cold yarn against the black background. After talking to her I learned a lot more about the piece I ever expected. I thought the metallic gold yarn was just a diamond and did not have meaning. I hope there are more artists like her because she is recycling which is helping our planet!

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