Keeping Up Appearances
September 7, 2013 - March 9, 2014
Small Works Gallery
Ashley Blalock fuses craft and fine art to create objects and site-specific installations inspired by everyday artifacts from the female domestic sphere. She uses the meditative process of crochet to explore themes of discomfort and coping mechanisms used to provide solace from the stress and trauma of modern life.
Blalock's site-specific installation, Keeping Up Appearances, consists of vibrant red forms nailed to the wall that are actually giant crochet doilies. Although non-threatening and quaint in a domestic setting, in the gallery and at this scale the forms overtake the viewer and cover the walls.