Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Media: Cotton Thread, Trash Bag, Metallic Yarn
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Alicia Keyworth is from Los Alamitos. She started at CSULB as a Freshmen in Graphic Design, but she ended up switching her major. She took a fiber class and decided to major in that. She is current studying for her BFA in Fiber and BA in Art Education. She is expected to graduate next semester. She’s also trying to get her single subject teaching credentials to teach children from grades K-12. She loves to weave during her free time and she has two cats. When she weaves, she loves working on repurposing the fleece. She would have to wash, carve, and spin.
This week’s art galleries included artists from the BFA and MFA fiber program, and other disciplines. Alicia’s work is inspired by the Pacific Garbage Patch. She is really interested about the environmental focus on waste and the repurpose of items. The metallic part of her artwork is an abstract image of the Pacific Garbage Patch. Her work focuses on the process from start to finish. In her art work, she used a lot of scrap pieces. Her favorite artist is Sheila Hicks. Alicia likes a lot of her fiber pieces. Alicia’s own style is free in sense of materials, but it is very structured with the processes she uses. She uses a traditional process, but she uses different materials.
Her art work is a woven hanging wall piece. Her other works are usually more colorful because she uses a lot of scrap pieces. However, for her artwork in this exhibition, she went completely opposite. To challenge herself, she only used two colors. She only had one artwork displayed at today’s exhibition. Her artwork is made out of woven cotton yarn, trash bags, and metallic yarn. Alicia allowed us to touch her art piece and the texture was really unique. It was kind of rough, but at the same time it was smooth. The gold metallic yarn really stood out.
Overall, I enjoyed the art gallery and Alicia’s artwork. There were many amazing artworks displayed. I really liked Alicia’s artwork and it is something that I would hang on my wall at home. I was fascinated when I was told that her artwork was made out of trash bags and yarn because I wouldn’t have known just by looking at the artwork. Something so simple turned into a beautiful art piece.
Above is Alicia’s artwork: Wasteful Growth 2016
Above are some artwork from various artists from the art gallery.