FAU University Galleries presents ‘Hand & I: Mending the World One Stitch at a Time’


Staff report

Contemporary art exhibition “Hand & I: Mending the World One Stitch at a Time” is on display at The University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University in the Schmidt Center Gallery.

This exhibition brings together 23 international, national and local artists who use the delicate medium of embroidery to address society’s most pressing issues. The artists address the difficult problems of climate, race, gender, immigration and the U.S. prison system using a traditional craft to create a call for resistance.

The artists include indigenous artist Mariette Johnson who addresses the objectification of women’s bodies; Ray Materson, whose years in incarceration inform his miniature scenes of prison life; Shannon Gross, who uses embroidery to create a homage to transgender victims of violence; Blanka Amezkua, who adopts the language of Latino comic books to comment on clichés about female identity; and Miami-based artist Pip Brant who honors Central American asylum seekers through a work made for this exhibition.

This month, there are two public programs featuring artists and scholars on Jan. 24 and Jan. 30.

On Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m., New York-based artist Miriam Schaer and Miami-based artist Pip Brant will have a public conversation about their work, their inspirations and what it means to be a working artist today.

On Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m., a panel discussion, “Art, Craft and Activism,” will feature artists Noelle Mason, Aurora Molina and Julie Ward. Karen Leader, associate professor of art history at FAU, will moderate.

The “Hand & I” exhibition is produced in collaboration with FAU’s Department of Visual Arts and Art History.