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Seeking the Line - Reception

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present Seeking the Line, featuring the work of four multimedia artists: Gabrielle Ferreira, Marjorie Forté, Mindy Horn and Jane Schiowitz. The word ‘line’ comes from the Latin linea, which means both the drawn line and a length of thread. The Line in this exhibit refers to renderings and textiles: while Horn and Schiowitz use clay and paint, respectively, to render rich, two-dimensional compositions, Ferreira and Forté use thread to weave, stitch, and sew complicated patterns. Each artist is following a line, discovering the power in this most primary element.

Gabrielle Ferreira is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Textiles at RISD with a focus on weaving and print design. Her work is an examination of place, heritage and identity. Learning to silkscreen and engrave at an early age, she uses hand stitchery, sewing, knitting and weaving traditions passed down through her Cape Verdean and Portuguese heritage.

Marjorie Forté is a mixed media artist. She studied at Pratt Institute and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Working with thread and yarn since childhood, she continues to push the limits of her materials. While recently focusing on fiber, she has worked in other mediums including oil sticks, charcoal, pencil, collage, and monoprint. 

Mindy Horn has worked as a ceramic artist and as a paper conservator in Connecticut and New York—media that require meticulous work, an appreciation of science and of technique, and the love and understanding of art. Both are fragile, transformable and respond to touch; with time and use, both materials perceptively record their own history.

Jane Schiowitz is an artist whose paintings and works on paper have been exhibited across the United States and in New York City, including five solo shows at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery. She received an MFA in Painting is from the Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times and the New Yorker, and she is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Award for painting and a three-time fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.