Maddie McNeely is a Halifax based interdisciplinary artist, originally from Toronto. She works primarily in textiles and sculpture, focusing on themes of labour and leisure, in search of a work-life balance.
These are scanned images which were digitally manipulated and prepared to be woven on a Jacquard loom. These weavings present an intersection between physical and digital forms of work both in technique and content. Jacquard looms read information from a computer file which lift threads mechanically, creating the pattern but the weft is still manually woven. While various digital techniques were used, the hand is not absent. Spinal Tap reflects the repetitive nature of manual labour and Moiré depicts a recurring pattern produced by digital imaging. Each image is repetitive in nature.
Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell Hard Twist 9 Fibre Optics – Textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth. On view August 28 to December 28, 2014 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hotel.