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Swag Bags and Palliasses: New Work by Pip Culbert

Opening reception for the artist Friday, October 24, 6 - 8pm



English artist Pip Culbert has been renown for decades by her practice of deconstructing every day utilitarian fabric objects and paring them down to their essential seams. By removing the flesh and revealing the bones, she liberates the confinement prescribed by function and transports the textile into a lyrical, poetic dimension.

For this exhibition, Pip works her reductionist magic on fabric remnants from the New Zealand gold rush era; swag bags and palliasses, heavy linen pouches stuffed with straw, which served as transportable mattresses for the migrant workers. In spirit, these items refer to the current Bay Area gold rush, where todays prospectors are now mining and reshaping the landscape in hot pursuit of the gilded allure of the tech industry.
Also on display will be a series of colorful deconstructed kitchen aprons, or pinnies, shown as a playful tribute to our local food culture.

Pip Culbert has exhibited her textile sculptures extensively around Europe and the USA. She lives and works with her husband artist Bill Culbert in both London and the South of France.

Show runs until December 6th, 2014


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