Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Exhibition: F*Art (“Wasteful Growth”)
Media: Cotton, thread, trash bags, metallic yarn
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist: Alicia Keyworth is currently pursuing a BFA in fiber art and a BA in art education at CSULB. She began as a graphic design major before deciding to switch to fiber art, and she is also getting her teaching credential for kindergarten to high school. She enjoys weaving in her spare time, and loves her two cats at home as well as several alpacas at the San Juan Capistrano petting zoo.
Formal Analysis: Alicia’s only piece in F*Art is titled “Wasteful Growth”, and is a medium sized flattened weave made up of cotton, thread, trash bags, and metallic yarn. It is mostly made up of a bumpy black material, with the shape of a gold diamond with a line through it in the middle. While some parts of the weave are almost smooth and tightly bound, some of the sections have a loose, trash bag material sticking out, giving a sense of purposeful chaos. The basic geometric shapes also gave an impression of simplicity and minimalist style.
Content Analysis: Inspired by the Pacific garbage patch, “Wasteful Growth” comes to represent all of the trash and pollution currently harming the natural ecosystem of the Earth. By using actual trash bags, the waste can be seen as a black, ominous shadow destined to destroy living things. The gold diamond within the black symbolizes the abstract image of trash in the ocean, marking itself prominently against the bold background. Repurposing is another theme evident within the piece; it uses materials freely, while it is structured in its process and form.
My Experience: “Wasteful Growth” is a creative and outspoken piece of art criticizing the wasteful nature of humankind. Through its disciplined weaving and use of unorthodox materials, it conveys a message of recycling and re-using in order to help keep the planet safe. I very much found the large piece of fiber amazing in its creation, and its sturdiness made it more tangible in person.