On Exhibit at Mariposa in Peterborough – Extended Through January 21, 2020
The ancient Japanese stencil-dyeing art of katazome meets present day politics in this extraordinary exhibit by textile artist Cheryl Lawrence. All 131 women serving in the 116th U.S. Congress — the largest representation of women in any U.S. Congress — are honored with portraits created on prayer flags crafted by Lawrence and 19 other women from her community on Whidbey Island, Washington.
The artist writes: “My recently completed textile project is both an homage and a call to arms that celebrates the historic number of 131 brave and powerful women currently serving in the 116th Congress. These women, whatever their political views and personal values, have the courage to be seen, the courage to be heard, the courage to try to make a difference.”
The art is a collection of portraits designed as prayer flags that celebrate and honor each congresswoman, their values, and the multitude of issues they are contending with.
Each portrait is based on the official congressional photograph of the congresswoman. The photographs were used to produce stencils which were then transfixed to silk organza fabric, layered with other hand-dyed fabrics, and stitched and embellished with multi-color threads, buttons, and beads.
About the Artist
Cheryl Lawrence is a native of Seattle who now lives on Whidbey Island. She is a textile artist specializing in both natural dyeing and katazome, a Japanese style of stencil dyeing. Cheryl will speak about her latest project, Democracy In Action, which combines her political, personal and artistic interests. Her talk will focus on the genesis of the project, the puzzle pieces that came together in its creation and specifics of the art of katazome. Democracy In Action features portrait stencils of the 131 women currently serving in the 116th Congress – an unprecedented number of women. Cheryl believes that art, in every form, can begin conversations and open our hearts and minds as well as make meaningful connections between people. She is pleased to be exhibited at the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center and hopes the exhibit sparks interesting reflections.