Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Media: Collected clothing, Indigo, Thread
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
This week I met Alicia Keyworth and she was awesome! Growing up, she has always been artsy, but in her free time she enjoys going to the beach and running. Unfortunately, she isn’t able to run often anymore because she had surgery due to injury. This is her last semester at CSULB in BFA Fiber Show but she is a double major with Art Education.
This exhibit is her first solo exhibit. She previously had two group shows, one fiber group show, and another exhibit at the UAM. This particular exhibit was influenced by the amount of clothes that go into waste. Her business cards are made by recycled denim and all of her pieces were tattered clothing that people donated to her. She started collecting material for her pieces in the beginning of 2016 and actually started constructing pieces in May.
The theme of this exhibit was to shed light on the amount of clothing that goes to waste. Alicia says that on average more than 11 million tons of textile waste is generated from the United States each year, which is about 82 pounds of waste per person. This makes us seem ungrateful because there are plenty of people in 3rd world countries that struggle for proper clothing and here we are, discarding it, like old clothing is trash.
I personally loved this exhibit! It was definitely one of my favorites that I have visited and I look forward to seeing more of her work. I thought it was cool how she placed the landfill on the floor to correspond to the pieces handing. They weren’t placed directly next to each other but it helped balance the pieces out. I really loved the pieces she created and could even see myself wearing some of her new clothing.