simone paterson


“Sew and So,” incorporates the work of three professors from the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech, Jennifer L. Hand, Simone Paterson and Amelia Salisbury. The exhibition at The Armory Gallery, Blacksburg and Artspace Richmond highlights the juxtaposition between craft, drawing and lens-based art.


The exhibition was entitled “Sew and So” because each artist used the process of sewing to inform their art. They also use creative technologies as part of their visual language.


Sewing brings to mind a quiet contemplation; something that is hand made and joins pieces or fragments together, it suggests a unifying activity. However, sewing can also be done by machine and can incorporate high-end technology for mass production.


The phrase ‘so and so’ implies a forgotten name of an individual. This meaning is embraced as many artists have labored without recognition, particularly female artists. Additionally, the colloquial phrase ‘you mean old so-and-so’ may also reference a person who is disliked or is considered to have a negative or unfavorable characteristic.


We are also happy to adopt this inference because we feel it empowers us to make the art we want to make, and sometimes what is considered powerful and meaningful is not necessarily thought of as pretty.


For "Sew and So" my includes, photographic light boxes framed by crochet, fabric sculptures and video/animation.