Fiber art exhibition at Harry Wood Gallery
What: Emerging Places, an MFA thesis exhibition of monumental works made from handmade felt, wool and silk.
Where: Harry Wood Gallery, Art Building, ASU Main, Tempe. (900 Forest Mall on the west side of campus near the intersection of Forest and Tyler Malls.)
Who: Yuko Umeda, a graduate student at the School of Art in the Herberger College
of Fine Arts at ASU.
When: Feb. 11-22.
Opening Reception: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 11.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Always Free
About the Exhibition: Yuko Umeda, a native of Japan and a graduate student at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, expresses her awe in the natural grandeur of the Arizona landscape through her monumental works of handmade felt, wool and silk. Umeda creates the felt from raw wool using the traditional Japanese technique of Shibori, which involves tie dying in order to create a varied surface.
Living in a different culture and environment, which she says gave her a new perspective of both art and life, has profoundly impacted Umeda. Her desire to make monumental works of felt is a direct result of her move to Arizona to study art at the Herberger College.
“I have been very impressed with the immense scale of the natural environment in places such as the Grand Canyon,” Umeda says. “The impact on my artwork has been significant. Through my work, I would like to evoke the emotions similar to those I encounter when I see the enormous landscape.”
About the Image: White Walls, 2002, by Yuko Umeda
The Harry Wood Gallery is one of three galleries on the ASU Tempe campus operated by students, staff and faculty of ASU’s School of Art in The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts. The Harry Wood Gallery features solo thesis exhibitions and group shows by graduate students pursuing master of fine arts (MFA) degrees and group shows by undergraduate students.