2019 MARCH EXHIBIT
Amy Putansu was born and raised in a coastal north Atlantic fishing village in Maine, where her family has been deeply rooted for many generations. Her first exposure to fiber work as a child was her father knitting heads for lobster traps. Putansu draws from the visual vocabulary of sea and shore, fishing and navigating. This work examines the melancholic romance of the ocean as a method of reconciling the largest of existential and spiritual human questions. Her rare hand-weaving technique, ondulé, produces an undulating surface of curving threads, and the resultant cloth is further worked with dyes, paints, hand stitching, and net-knotting. The nature of this cloth relates intrinsically to the sea, and this relationship is furthered visually by references to navigation, nautical charts, and fishermen’s tools.