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“Echoes of Nature,” an InSpace presentation
December 13, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST
December 10, 2015 to January 4, 2016
Opening Reception • Sunday, December 13 • 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Pacific Felt Factory
2830 20th Street
San Francisco, CA
Al’Myra Communications is pleased to host artist Latifa Medjdoub for her first solo exhibition at the InSpace studio. Echoes of Nature was created in 2015. Inspired by organic shapes found in nature, the one of a kind hand-loomed sculptural pieces comprising this series were individually built on a dress form from a single knit cord. Their construction echoes the formal logic of vegetal or animal organisms. Suspended or worn, their protean nature adopts multiple shapes recalling living forms. Informed by The Roots fiber sculpture, a social artwork created in 2013 in San Francisco, Echoes of Nature recalls imaginary fruits of the psyche as they blend their architectural structure with haute couture craftsmanship.
The Echoes of Nature series was conceived and executed during the creation of the oversized Roots sculptures (on view simultaneously at the Museum of Performance and Design in San Francisco until the end of December). The pieces seek to bring the same materials, methods, and inspiration used in The Roots down to the scale of the body, celebrating life. Doing so places a renewed emphasis on the beauty of the textiles, while highlighting the delicacy and fineness of their sculptural organic forms. These pieces invite the observer to meditate upon the complexity of the relationship of the form to the space. The interplay of the sculptural and wearable aspects of the pieces further invites the viewer to approach the work, while reinforcing our own places and relationships to the natural world.
Born in France, Latifa Medjdoub has been living and working in San Francisco since 2000. Her mediums include sculpture, photography, printing and painting. Central themes of her work raise questions of identity, social roles, and the metatheatricality that shapes humanity.
Educated at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du textile of Roubaix, France, Medjdoub collaborated with leading artists including Philippe Guillotel, Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle, Christian Lacroix, Gabriella Pescucci, Marina Draghici and directors Philippe Decouflé, Yves Angelo, Marcel Maréchal, Raul Ruiz.
Her critically acclaimed work has been shown in museums and galleries in Europe, Asia and North America, including the Museum of Textile and Fine Arts, Roubaix France; Cheongju Arts Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC, Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco. For more information see latifamedjdoub.com.
The opening reception for the exhibition will feature a performance, The Red Vine, starting at 4:00 p.m. The Red Vine, a silent social art piece, will feature Florentina Mocanu, Amy Munz, Tonyanna Borkovi and Nathalie Brilliant.