YES: A First Friday Show with Delaney Smith
We're so lucky to be hosting Delaney Smith of Eyeland Studio as our July artist! A recent transplant from Marshall, NC to Dallas, TX, we barely missed our window! Luckily, everything lined up with her travel and she's even able to make it for the July 6 reception from 6-10p!
The show includes powerfully evocative fine art as well as soft and easy home goods and accessories.
So what's YES all about?
What does YES mean to you? Does it evoke feelings of having, getting, enjoying, or maybe even consenting?
Does saying YES make you feel joyful? Unburdened? Free? Maybe it reminds you that you have a choice. That you could say no to that dessert, second round of drinks, hangout, or romantic overture...
To many, YES is a word that carries a lot of worry. Many of us feel that we have to say it -- to be polite, to avoid conflict, to stay safe... Yes is what's said when no isn't an option and then it's what's said over and over again --
YES, I will relive that moment. YES, I will be silent for years. YES, I will pave the way to more justice for future women. YES, I will ignore my instinct to run. YES, I will take your shit. YES, I will become numb in ways that will take years to undo. YES, I won't even realize this has happened to you and you and you and you, too. YES I will bend for you. YES I won't shut up anymore.
In her series, Knebix, Delaney created non-sensical words because the piece was more about texture and the sound of the word instead of the meaning behind it -- text can be very dominant, and the reading of a word can overtake all other aspects of the piece -- but she decided to take a different approach with the YES pieces.
The concept took shape as Delaney thought about the women coming forth in the media and her community and volunteering their emotional labor in laying out their sexual abuse experiences.
So she decided to cast the word YES.
Art belongs to the beholder, and YES can mean anything you want it to.
In addition to the YES fine art installation, Delaney is also bringing hand-dyed pillows, pouches, and wall-hangings, all made with organic fibers and natural dyes, and they're sure to warm your heart.
Delaney will also be teaching a coiled bowl workshop on Sunday, July 22, from 2-6p. Reserve your spot HERE.
Join us to experience the colors and textures of Delaney Smith's work, July 6, 6-10p.
Delaney received her BFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. Delaney was an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013-14. At the beginning of 2015, she participated in Pentaculum, a week long forum at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.