October 8th, 2015 - November 30th, 2015
Reception: Thursday, November 19th, 6PM-7PM
Feme sole: A woman in an unmarried state, whether never married, widowed, or divorced.
Textiles and text are related, sharing both origin and vocabulary, processes of repetition enacted in pursuit of communication. The weaving of words parallels the interlacing of threads as each medium works to convey meaning and narrative to its observer. Featuring six large jacquard weavings that pair portraits of nineteenth century criminals with excerpts from Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, Jessie Fraser’s Feme Sole functions both as a communicative gesture and as a memorial for three women whose criminal acts remain in the foreground of our collective understandings of their lives. Concerning processes of memory and recollection as well as the relationship between textiles and mortality, Feme Sole weaves fiction with reality, questioning the narratives and perceptions, both real and imagined, of deadly female criminals.
About the Artist:
Jessie Fraser is a craft oriented visual artist working predominantly in the medium of fibre. Fraser completed a BFA at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2013. Informed by texts, collected objects, and forgotten techniques, Fraser’s practice centres on processes of weaving, creating narratives that consider concepts of life and death in an attempt to hold on to, recreate, or lay to rest physical and emotional memories.