Artist: Caryn Aasness
Gallery: Merlino Gallery
About the Artist:
Caryn Aasness is currently a senior and undergraduate at CSULB. She is a student in the School of Art’s Fiber Arts Program. She is currently working towards her BFA in Fiber Arts. In the future, she wants to make design textiles and wallpaper. She also wants to one day be able to have her own show. To weave one of her art pieces in this exhibition, it takes her an average of 20 hours to finish. In every one of her pieces, she loves to incorporate actual texts into it.
The media she used in this is cloth. The different colors that were weaved into the cloth really brought the piece to life. The texture had a more rougher feel to it. When looking at it closely, you can really see the beautiful stitch marks that make a really pretty pattern on it.
In each of her pieces, there is a message that can decoded from it. Caryn placed a little joke or riddle in each piece to make the piece more engaging in a way. The squares that are different from others correspond with a letter as seen from the picture below of a close up of the cloth. Once decoded, the riddle or joke is then solved. Caryn is trying to let us really understand what is behind the art piece. She wants to show us that there is more to it than what it looks like.
Synthesis / My Experience:
Caryn’s exhibition was really interesting and way more engaging than the other exhibition’s that I have seen so far. I really liked the concept of having a fun activity of decoding a message from the art piece. I also though her Artist Statement was unique. It was kind of a little game from one of those magazines where you would make a choice and it leads you to the next. These games either tells you a little something about yourself or gives you a little message like Caryn’s.