Graduate Alumni > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Adelaide Price
Adelaide Price
(Spring 2022)

While my work has shifted over the years through various media, I have long been driven by a fascination with physicality, growth, and death of the human body and of nature; this conceptual interest has been further fueled by the physical qualities of the woven and printed textiles I create. I often utilize imagery or draw from source material depicting such physical qualities, homing in on the microscopic and finding parallels between the visual aspects therein as well as those of the broader environment we inhabit. I use both hand-painted and reappropriated imagery drawn from both micro- and macroscopic details I find in the world around me, such as lichen and algae growths, textural landforms, or the natural patterning found on the petals of a flower. I focus on the relationship between these external aspects of the physical forms and environment we experience and the interior, emotional experience of doing so. I tend to create larger pieces but fixate on the minutia of this physicality — drawing imagery, for example, from scans of blood or lung cells — as well as on the minutia of the larger world around us, depicting small details of these natural growths and landforms. I am interested in the visual parallels I find between these two areas as a means for design; through abstraction and decontextualization, the lines between the two often blur. In working with the materially specific processes of the textiles I create through hand and digital weaving, silkscreen printing, and machine knitting, the physicality of the cloth itself becomes as integral to these concepts as the imagery I use. Working through this fascination within the context of designed textiles allows me to further explore the ways in which the visual aspects of the physical space we inhabit dictate our understanding of our world and ourselves.

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