Free Fall (for Hito Steyerl)
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Cotton, holographic curling ribbon; hand-woven using the TC2
41.5" x 29.5"
DescriptionA different conceptual grid meets the rectilinearity of woven cloth in Free Fall (for Hito Steyerl). Here, a bling-y perspectival grid overlays a sepia-toned black-and-white cloudscape. The density of the refractive vanishing point hides the image. According to the perspectival charge, the horizon line is presumably the top edge of the weaving, yet the viewer remains disoriented by the lack of solid ground.
Heather MacKenzie is an artist and educator with a practice founded in hand weaving. In her artistic production, she experiments with materials, processes, and loom technologies. She regards woven textiles as sensual and material while simultaneously embedded with complex mathematical information. In two- and three-dimensional weavings, she draws conceptual parallels between the systems of woven structure and other foundational human systems and infrastructure, such as platonic mathematics, the US petroleum industry, and standardized measurement.
She has acted as the Fountainhead Fellow at VCU, Fulbright Scholar in Paris, France, and artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, Ox-Bow, and ACRE. She has studied traditional textiles in Ecuador, Ghana, India, Zimbabwe, as well as in Europe, and she has exhibited work recently at venues including Alternative Art Space in Boston, MA; Sediment Gallery in Richmond, VA; Heaven Gallery, the Mission Gallery, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago; and PointDom in Toulouse, France. She received her BA from Brown University and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is a lecturer.
She is based in Minneapolis, MN, where she enjoys year-round cycling and fermentation projects, among other things.