“Interfere (with)” is a sculptural installation of felted wool and burlap suspended above the gallery floor, on view in BMAC’s Mary Sommer Room through March 7, 2020. Adamites will speak on December 18 about the ways in which their sculptures act as “monuments and reminders of trauma, intuition, and the legacy of emotional turmoil.”
Adamites explained that the way in which the sculpture was created aligns with the concept that the work is designed to express. “The process of making the work in this exhibit inherently transforms and distorts,” Adamites said. “When a non-wool material, such as burlap, is added to the traditional wet felt-making process, it is forced to shrink, altering its original woven structure. This intentional rupture in the rigidity and order of the burlap fabric is one step in freeing the materials from their presumed inherent qualities. For me, it metaphorically embodies the hopeful impulse of releasing the individual from the psychic burden of familial inheritance.”
Sarah Freeman, who curated the exhibit, said, “Adamites’s installation feels overwhelming and potentially suffocating. However, the use of highly tactile materials and repetitive, contemplative techniques allows the work to function as a tool for acknowledging, examining, and making sense of painful memories and experiences, thereby diffusing them.”
Artist Fafnir Adamites holds an M.F.A. degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. Adamites took part in a residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA in 2016, and their work has won numerous awards.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The Museum’s galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
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