Collaborative Installation by Denise Bookwalter & Lee Emma Running
Lining: Sheathing is an exhibition experience that explores texture, handwork and embellishment inspired by the human urge to house the body and decorate environments. This installation concept presents volumes of materials that have been printed with textile content and historical designs, covering an enclosure space built for viewers to enter while enveloped in special wrappings for an immersive experience. Artists Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running have collaborated for a year on this multi-faceted concept, which culminates with their residency at Constellation Studios to realize this elaborate and ambitious project.
A room size tent enclosure, inspired by Yurts and other nomadic domestic structures, is the core of the installation. It will be covered with canvas walls that have been screen printed with a variety of designs, such as Fair Isle knits, traditional crewel work embroidery, an image of a “whorl” of wool, or a “bloom” of cotton. Hand dyed silk lines the interior of the tent structure of a shadow like pattern, using the image of a cotton boil that was laser cut into plexi glass and clamped with the silk, for resist dip-dying on the delicate material. Inside the dark space of the tent a bed-sized platform will be covered with two hand-embroidered felt blankets. Large handmade papers of Iowa grown kozo fiber will be made during the residency, and then printed with laser engraved woodblocks, that will be hung on the gallery walls. Lining: Sheathing gives evidence of a love of textiles, while reflecting the beauty of materials that protect and house the body.
Friday, June 24: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.