<i>Down Canyon<i>

Down Canyon

Fiber, 2019

Amy Usdin

Mendota Heights, MN

My work redefines aging fiber artifacts through needle-weaving and knotting. Rope horse fly nets, fishing nets and similar vernacular forms with built-in warp become the armatures for my sculptures. Their worn imperfections are integrated into the new, and the transformation becomes part of a continued narrative. I acknowledge the nets’ past lives but absent their true histories I imbue them with my own, informed by the familial moments and unexpected associations that their previous lives evoke. Beyond the personal, my sculptures speak broadly to a collective nostalgia, making the work less about specific memories than memory itself.