Artist Amy Meissner explores domesticity and motherhood. She describes herself as a memoirist, whose preferred medium is textiles and preferred language is the stitch.
Meissner's textile art combines traditional handwork and contemporary imagery to explore memory, fragility and the literal, physical and emotional work of women. Her materials are vintage, discarded or found and manipulate unknown histories to shape a narrative or myth for each artwork. The works in this exhibition include contemporary mixed media work created from donated/abandoned/rescued/crowdsourced domestic linens.
Inheritance is an exploration of literal and conceptual inheritance and the artist’s relationship to materials and makers. Meissner uses traditional handwork that she was taught as a girl, then later as a professional seamstress. A large community-created work within the exhibition was produced from work generated through a series of five work sessions held at the museum with groups of artists, makers, museum members and the public.
Amy Meissner has shown her work internationally, most recently in Karachi, Pakistan, with work in the permanent collection at the Anchorage Museum and commissioned public art installed in three Alaska libraries. Her background is in clothing design, children's book illustration and creative writing.
This exhibition travels next to the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, where it will be on view November 2018 through February 2019.
Inheritance: makers. memory. myth. is made possible with support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation. It is presented as part of the Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Anchorage Museum Foundation’s Alaska Airlines Silver Anniversary Fund.