Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center - Flora | Fauna | Fiber

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Alexandra Kehayoglou, 360 Panorama, Sun Study (detail), 2016. Hand-tufted textile (Courtesy of the artist)

Flora | Fauna | Fiber
Textiles in contemporary art

June 4 – October 9, 2022
Anne Noland Edwards Gallery

About the exhibition

Flora | Fauna | Fiber features contemporary textile works rooted in the representation and exploration of nature. This exhibition will examine recent trends in contemporary art that challenge the stereotypical association of fibers, textiles and needlework with utilitarian applications or feminine pastimes. Revealing a rich diversity of approaches, techniques and content, the exhibition contains examples of fiber comingled with other media, such as photography. Works range from massive wall installations to jewel-like constructions inspired by the intricacies of the natural world. Informed by plants and animals as well as terrestrial and marine topography, the exhibited works also reference conservation and climate change.

About the artists

Fabric mixed media sculpture depicting different flowers

Vanessa Barragão

Flower of Life

Trees embroidered on a photograph of Vienna

Heather Beardsley

Strange Plants, Vienna

Thread on a magnolia leaf against a white background

Hillary Waters Fayle

Patterns of Transcendence II

Mixed media sculpture of moss, leaves, and rocks

Amy Gross

Silver Bees (h. miserabilis), adapting

Mixed media octopus sculpture

Emily Jan

The World is Bound by Secret Knots

Hand-tufted textile depicting a sunset

Alexandra Kehayoglou

360 Panorama, Sun Study

Polyester thread made to look like large poppy flowers hanging from the ceiling

Amanda McCavour


Fabric mixed media of bird skeletons and plants on a red background

Caitlin McCormack

Red Wake

Yarn sculpture of coral


Harmony 12

Sculpture made from cable ties against a black background

Sui Park

Thought Bubbles

Mixed media sculpture of old leather shoes and green embroidery floss depicting moss

Claire C. Taylor

Grandpa’s Shoes

Quilt depicting a young African American with a bushel of apples and an apple tree

Stephen Towns

All God’s Chillun Got Wings

Mixed media sculpture of a snake using old quilts and bells

Melissa Vandenberg

Snake House


We are deeply grateful to the sponsors who helped make this exhibition possible.

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  • Mary Katherine Hogg
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