Graduate Alumni Work > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Libby O'Bryan (Fall 2009 and Spring 2010)
Libby O'Bryan (Fall 2009 and Spring 2010)
"Go Weaving!"
performance installation
2010

Informed by my previous career in apparel production, I create environments that function outside the commodity driven marketplace as a container for the contemplation of everyday decisions and cultural norms. Drawing parallels from craft, the new art economy, and mass-production, I explore the relationships and disconnections between maker, machine, and consumer.

In the past, I cast hollow garbage receptacles from handmade paper to critique complacency toward disposability. Transforming strong, reliable collectors of detritus and material burdens into fragile, vulnerable forms was a meditation on the impact of frequent wastefulness. I feel wastefulness is a result from unawareness to consequences. Exploring the Marxist notion that industrialization has caused these separations with in society, I have also used sewing machines to perform restrictive, destructive, and futile labors.

Although asserting a politicized agenda, my work gently implicates the viewer. Through performative events, interactive installations and material-sensitive objects, the aestheticized temporality provokes investigation, self-reflection, and, ideally, action. Currently, I am pursuing participatory projects to disseminate the empowerment found through making. I am interested in the possibility that expanded poetic agency could aid in a heightened attention to social responsibility.