Week 10 – Artist Conversation – Alicia Keyworth
Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Media: T-Shirts, Denim Jeans, Cotton Thread dyed with Indigo, Yarn Scraps
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About The Artist:
This week for the artist conversation I had the pleasure to meet Alicia Keyworth. This is her last semester at CSULB she will be finishing her Bachelor in Fine Arts with a focus on Fibers. Alicia is going to continue her education to get a credential to teach art in any grade from kindergarten through twelve grades. Alicia is motivated for environmental sustainability, which is incorporated into her art illustrations. Previously she had two other group illustrations, but today will be her first exhibit for her first solo illustration.
When I enter the Oddments exhibit I can see a total of six pieces of separate artwork. Three of the artwork can be seen hanging and the other three pieces of artwork are on the floor. On a closer inspection of the artwork most of the items are composed of different types of threads, yarns, clothing material that are put together to form the art pieces. The materials that is use for the artwork looks like scraps that where gather. The Scrap Jumpsuit is a clothing piece that looks like it was put together through different scrap of yarn and thread that are sewn together with a bright yellow yawn. The Scarp Landfill is made out of yearn scraps, denim jeans, cotton thread, and stuffed with discarded clothing. Each of artwork shows fine details of weaving and technique of fiber creations.
Alicia objective in this illustration is to discuss and relate the topic on mass production of clothing. The fashion industry mass production of clothing is increasing and the sustainability of environmental is not taken into consideration. The quality of clothing is cheaply made and the time put into the making clothing are not the same. Her personal belief in sustainability can be seen with her creation. The clothing and landfills that are created have value and time put into each artwork. Everything in the exhibition is handmade and the materials are collected from art classes who throw away clothing material, yarns, and thread.
I can relate to Oddments exhibition because I am a consumer. The clothing I wore when I was younger was made with better quality. When I go out to different clothing stores the materials of clothing are thinner and the quality are not as great as it used to be. The prices for clothing are going up, quality is lacking, and laborer are underpaid and abuse. Mass production of clothing is beneficial for the economy, however it is wasteful to the environment creating issues of the limited resources and the increase of massive landfills. The artwork is beautiful because it speak of truth of the reality of a consumer focus economy. Alicia is taking small steps to addresses how many things can be recycled and reuse to help sustain the environments using fibers.