From Roland Barthes to Gee's Bend to Victorian hair art to Weezer, the notion of thread takes many forms. Barthes creates a sense of thread as concepts within the work, quilting uses thread to combine, hair art literally creates with threads, and the "Sweater Song" pulls thread apart.
Roland Barthes writes that "everything is to be distinguished, but nothing deciphered; structure can be followed, threaded (like a stocking that has run) in all its recurrences and all its stages." The artists in the pop-up gallery are tied together by the stitched, woven, knitted, knotted undercurrent of thread.
Liz Fuller's silk piece ties literal aspects of the Georgia landscape together. Dyed with rusty car parts found in the earth, as well as local red clay, the "map" is a physical remembrance of a place.
Candace Jahn's work suggests the threading of thoughts into memory. As memory frays and wears, what is left are replacements of the truth—the newly constructed.
Annie Oldenburg's impression of the natural world takes the form of a woven quilt: "each thread representing a separate experience I have had." She builds abstracted landscapes employing the very threads that define her sense of nature.
Veronica Reeves' materials were reclaimed from the Clackamas river, which threads the landscape and unites life through shared waters. The pieces have been cut, ground, polished, drilled, and stitched with metal thread—remade to share this familiar story.
Lauren K. Stumpf's piece suggests the potential to envelop the viewer in a knotted, woven form spun from the various materials listed in her title.
Whether a work carries a structural thread of content, consists of a literal patchwork, or implies metaphorical macrame—with any loose end these pieces have the potential to pull tighter or unravel. If we do hold the thread and walk away, the work may in fact come undone.