ˈmalədē – a woven art exhibition by Nicole Gowans

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Imagine beautiful and expressive weaves … weaving created to represent diseases, like ADHD, Celiac, Depression and more.   The weaves Nicole Gowans has created and curated into the ˈmalədē  exhibit are striking.  Each is paired with a quote from a person who has experienced this disease.  The quotes are incredibly well-curated, capturing some of the uniquely difficult aspects of being a patient with a given disease rather than focusing on symptoms and diagnoses.  The quotes and weaves reflect the experiences and unique insights that people generally don’t understand unless they themselves or a loved one has experienced these conditions.

From the artist:

“Growing up with two nurses for parents I have always had a love for medicine. As I grew older I knew that I wanted to connect that passion with my art.  My goal through this project was to communicate to an individual viewing the pieces how the diseases impact the body, the emotional toll, and the psychological ramifications. I wanted to depict what someone enduring the disease feels and allow the viewers to also experience the impact the disease can have on a person. I felt that I could help bring a personal awareness and understanding to more people through my project.

Through this exhibit – Malady – ˈmalədē – woven representations of how ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Celiac, Depression, and Starvation impact the body – I wanted to create something that could bring to life and express the destruction that illness causes not only the body but also the mind. The mental aspect of the disease can play just as large a role in a person’s ability to function as the physical. With that, I explored both physical ailments and mental disorders that are very prevalent in our society today.

I decided to try to replicate these diseases through weaving as a way to explore texture, space, dimensionality, color, feel, and pattern.”

Please join us for the exhibit reception held August 29th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Light refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit runs from July 19th through September 15th, 2017.