“I have always loved paper, and started to find scratch tickets on a daily walk home from work. I began to think about the dreams in the moment of scratching the image away, the hopes, the desires. It made a hopeful noise. How sad it must have been to lose. Chuck it. Onto regular life again. I thought, let’s make something better with this mound of paper, shake all of the bad luck away. The work reflects creating an armor of dreamlike better world, and trying to rise above it. I would like to collect Canadian lottery tickets if possible.”
Rebecca Siemering was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1974, and lives and works in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; she is a fiber artist, arts administrator and curator. For the majority of her career, she has explored the theme of “wanting the good life” utilizing found materials. Currently she is producing sculptures and textile art for her Lottery Project by taking a daily walk in the neighborhood and picking up thrown away scratch tickets. From her findings she creates animistic textile pieces and tapestries. Her methodical, yet compulsive style of stitch and needlework reflects the original obsession – to rise above the mundane, the sculpture embodying a soul that exists apart from the corporeal article of ink and pulp.
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.