Posted on November 08 2023
THE LILY TOO SHALL FUNCTION
It's incredible to be included in this body of work with John Gnorsky and Nathan Lynch, artists I admire greatly and feel are my art posse. I'm so grateful to Aïda Jones of the Jones Institute, Pavlo Federov the filmmaker and Studio AHEAD for championing all of our work and creating a gallery and experience, film and talks, to allow me and my fellow artists to share our work and process with the world.
STATEMENT OF THE WORK
Both pieces in this show are felted in Jessica’s workshop on a re-purposed, industrial 10,000 needle-punch 7.5-ton machine using a dry felting process pioneered by the artist. The workshop is located in a semi rural area of Northern California, home to sheep farmers, fiber lovers and grounded in a local “fibershed” where most of our wool is sourced.
THE LILY TOO SHALL FUNCTION - FULL FILM
Watch the full film featuring artists Jessica Switzer Green, John Gnorsky and Nathan Lynch, filmed by dear friend and master filmmaker, Pavló Fedorov.
PIECES INCLUDED IN THE SHOW:
1. Over Here
Felted Merino, Northern CA wool & wool from artist’s sheep
Size: 70 x 100 inches
Felted Merino, Northern CA wool and wool from the artist’s sheep
OVER HERE is the containment and care, the “pen” and the portal, the aspect of humans that is considered prey and predator; it is where we meet in the middle of our nature and realize our inter-dependence on each other as animals too, as caretakers of each other, whose survival and bond brings warmth and survival. We are mixed in spirit with each other.
2. I am the Bird, My Cat is the Wolf
Felted wool from the artist’s sheep
Size: 30 x 40 inches
More on the work:
For most of my life, as a young girl and throughout motherhood and now older womanhood, a cat has slept on a pillow above my head, as a guardian. When my loyal cat-guardian Pirote died, Diego took his place, and now he sits on a pillow above my head all night long, guarding me in the dark and dreamworld. The relationship between humans and their cats is non verbal and spiritual, and I often wonder what my cat is thinking;
in my cat’s mind I am large but birdlike, a bit silly and easy to manipulate. But at night out comes his inner wolf.
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