Exhibits

River Raft Quilts Series 1: Jubilee 

HP MAIN GALLERY | JAN. 06, 2020 – FEB. 12, 2021 | VIRTUAL ARTIST TALK: JAN 30TH, 1PM

Using textiles and associated stories of entrapment/escape donated to their studio, Coulter Fussell hand-sews “River Raft Quilts” with those materials, thereby setting the stories free on a conceptual path to redemption and sovereignty. From a work t-shirt at a tedious job, a pair of sweatpants worn while unemployed during quarantine, a dress from a bad relationship, a kitchen towel used as a napkin, or an old quilt from when their mother’s house was cold…Fussell uses the metaphor of the river-as-escape-passage to lend these stories their deserved exemption.

Coulter Fussell was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, an old textile town. She is the youngest family quilter, hailing from multi-generations of seamstresses and quilters. She produces boundary-pushing quilt-works using old, discarded and donated textiles as her sole materials. Taught to quilt by her mother, Coulter has exhibited works across the country from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the Piecework Collective in New York City to The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina. As a craftswoman trained only by her mother, Coulter was the Finalist for the 2017 SouthArts Southern Prize, the 2019 Visual Arts Inductee into the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Craft.

Coulter lives in Water Valley, Mississippi with her family.

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River Raft Quilt Series 1: Jubilee will be on view Jan. 06, 2020 –  Feb. 12, 2021, appointments can be made by contacting alberto@hollandreno.org or calling 775-448-6500.

Feel Just Like Home

SERVA POOL GALLERY | JAN. 06, 2020 – FEB. 12, 2021 | VIRTUAL ARTIST TALK: JAN 30TH, 1PM

Is someone who lives in temporary housing still homeless? Cicelia Ross-Gotta explores this question with hand-embroidered internet reviews of the motel where a family member lived August 2016 – September 2019. Hung on cheap towel racks, these reviews are embroidered on used linens and bordered by used towels with unfinished raw edges. While the domestic associations with hand embroidery and quilting gesture toward home-making, the unfinished presentation stops short of achieving that goal — because while her family member is housed, she explains, they are not home. 

While this work has personal origins, it has grown much beyond her family member’s story. As Ross-Gotta sorted through the reviews, she became fascinated by what she learned about the community at this motel: from dirty linens and noise complaints to reviews written by homeless people and reviews that complain about the homeless people who live there. 

Originally from Kansas, Ross-Gotta earned her BFA in Sculpture from Colorado State University in 2015, and her MFA in 3D4M (sculpture) from the University of Washington in 2017. That year she also became a mother. Her work has been exhibited throughout Seattle including, The Henry Gallery, Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Gallery 4Culture and Bainbridge Gallery of Art and Crafts. Her work has also been featured in Surface Design Journal’s 2017 International Exhibition in Print. She has been awarded grants from Artist Trust, 4Culture and the Surface Design Association.

Other forthcoming exhibitions of new work include a piece in This Could Get Snowed On at Public Space One, this February in Iowa City, IA and a group exhibition about textiles and technology at Artworks Center for Contemporary Art in Loveland, CO June 2021.

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Feel Just Like Home will be on view Jan. 06, 2020 –  Feb. 12, 2021, appointments can be made by contacting alberto@hollandreno.org or calling 775-448-6500.

To see what came before in the Holland Project Galleries, check out our ARCHIVE.

To find out what’s up next, check out UPCOMING EXHIBITS.