David Kaye Gallery » Valerie Knapp

Safekeeping: recent work in textiles & paper
October 16 - November 16, 2008

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In this age of intentional forgetting and destruction, I am intrigued by our equally strong propensity to remember and conserve the past. While definitely contemporary, my textile-based works are grounded in my dedication to making, and the historical resonance of various materials and processes. While my work attempts to elicit intimate human connections to stitching and cloth, central to it, are the thought processes, patterns and compositions that evolve from ideas of conservation, memory, concealment, and time.

Description of Work
My practice includes the processes of relief and screen-printing, drawing, embroidery, hand and machine sewing, and writing. Throughout the varied constructions, I use combinations of these processes to make diverse layers and parts in textile and paper. Often I incorporate vintage textiles and other found materials of significance. The subtle play of ideas in a quiet colour palette, combined with a meticulous attention to detail, characterize the work. Various work shows recent explorations that are three dimensional in presentation and concept and other work are exhibited framed in shadow box style frames.

GALLERY

Valerie Knapp, Safekeeping: recent work in textiles & paper. Exhibition installation view.Valerie Knapp, Safekeeping: recent work in textiles & paper. Exhibition installation view.Valerie Knapp, Safekeeping: recent work in textiles & paper. Exhibition installation view.Valerie Knapp, Safekeeping, 2008, mixed media - relief print, embroidery, sewing, objects, paper & cloth, 27.63 X 45 X 2.0 in., framed, SOLDValerie Knapp, Safekeeping (detail), 2008, mixed media - relief print, embroidery, sewing, objects, paper & cloth, 27.63 X 45 X 2.0 in., framed, SOLDValerie Knapp, Woman with a Heart, 2008, mixed media - relief print, embroidery, vintage handkerchief, 13.75 X 13.75 in., framedValerie Knapp, Safety Lessons (with box), 2008, mixed media accordion fold book, Book – 2.75 X 14.13 in., Box – 3.75 X 4.0 X 0.63 in.Valerie Knapp, Safety Lessons (with box), 2008, mixed media accordion fold book, Book – 2.75 X 14.13 in., Box – 3.75 X 4.0 X 0.63 in.Valerie Knapp, Wear is my Heart?, 2008, mixed media - relief print, embroidery, vintage handkerchief, 15.5 X 15.5 in., framedValerie Knapp, Labyrinth #2, 2008, mixed media - embroidery, vintage handkerchief, 16.5 X 16.5 in., framedValerie Knapp, Blushing Heart, 2008, mixed media - relief print, embroidery, vintage handkerchief, 13.25 X 13.25 in., framedValerie Knapp, Breathe Deep, 2008, mixed media - relief print, embroidery, vintage handkerchief, 17.5 X 17.5 in., framedValerie Knapp, Dream #3, 2007, sewing thread & embroidery cotton on cotton sheeting, sterling silver Lunt tooth box. (Box - MA, US), 0.38 X 1.25 X 1.5 in.Valerie Knapp, The Town, 2008, embroidery, pigment, sewing thread & embroidery cotton on cotton in Elco bracelet box. (Box - TX, US), 1.0 X 8.38 X 1.88 in.Valerie Knapp, Ten, 2007, sewing thread on linen/cotton, vintage Bucherer bracelet box. (Box - Swiss), 1.0 X 8.88 X 1.75 in, SOLD