Sally Garner: Rewound

Solo Exhibition

When: January 20 - February 17, 2017
Where: Second Floor Gallery, Owen Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public

Rewound Artist Statement

Do you ever question the validity of your fondest memories? Rewound is an installation that explores the capability of the brain to distort memories over time. Our subconscious often rewrites our memories in different ways to create a slightly different story in order to “fill the gaps,” and can even create something new that we would rather remember. My work in this installation has allowed me to explore my own fears of distorting memories, especially those associated with my late grandmother, who passed away June 2013. Losing the details of each memory feels like losing her altogether. She was very close to my heart in many ways; one of which was our mutual love for crocheting. As a fiber art that is naturally repetitious, I found that crocheting VHS tapes became a metaphor for humanity’s desire to replay memories over and over in an attempt to hold on to the past. But how much of what we replay becomes distorted subconsciously by our own minds? As fond memories start to fade into the distance, must we seek for their return by forcing their own destruction?

About the Artist

Sally Garner is a young artist located in Asheville, North Carolina. She grew up knowing she would become an artist, and went on to earn a BFA in sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. During her time there, she realized that her artwork could be driven by her craft of crocheting. Sally has been crocheting since 2009 and started to teach the craft in 2014. Today, Sally creates crocheted installations using non-traditional fibers to create works that incorporate both the nostalgia associated with traditional crocheting and the contemporary appeal for artwork that abstracts metaphors and enchants the senses.

Alongside her installation work, Sally enjoys creating with many other mediums, including weaving, traditional crochet and knitting, photography, and painting with watercolor.

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