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Deann Rubin:  FACE IT

by Marilyn Emerson Holtzer

The contemporary tapestry scene in St. Louis, Missouri has been greatly enriched by the recent return of Deann Rubin to her native environs. After completing her BFA in Design at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, she lived here for several years. For part of that time she served as a full-time apprentice to master craftsperson and tapestry weaver, Muriel Nezhnie. During the month of September 2009, fourteen of her tapestries were on view in her one-person exhibit. “FACE IT” is a smashing exhibit of contemporary tapestry ranging from the seemingly straightforward (“Sweet Shoppe”) to the enigmatic (“Caught in their Net”). Some are whimsical and some serious, but all include human (or near-human) imagery showing one or more faces or partial faces.


below: Deann Rubin, Birkah, 21.25 x 6.75", 2009, cotton, wool, silk, other. Photo by Michael H. Rubin.

 
 
Deann Rubin,"Birkah"
 
 

below: Deann Rubin, Caught in their Net, 21.25 x 6.75", 2009, cotton, wool, silk, other. Photo by Michael H. Rubin.


Deann Rubin, "Caught in their Net"
 
 
below: Deann Rubin, Camouflage/Moth Mother, 21.25 x 6.75", 2009, cotton, wool, silk, metallic. Photo by Michael H. Rubin.


Deann Rubin, "Camouflage/Moth Mother"
 
 


Distilled Matter

by Lyn Hart

Within the intimate confines of the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, located on the West campus of Tucson’s Pima Community College, director David Andrés curated a small but intriguing exhibit juxtaposing cultures and mediums simultaneously – DISTILLED MATTER: Conte, Oil, Enamel, Thread. Included in the exhibit were the simple, yet enigmatic small format tapestries woven by Australian Kay Lawrence. My visit occurred on the day the artists gave gallery talks about their exhibited works. This review focuses on Lawrence’s tapestries.


below: Kay Lawrence, Rust series, each 18 x 15”, 2001, cotton, wool, linen

 
 
Kay Lawrence, "Rust"

 
 
below: Kay Lawrence with two tapestries from Lineage Tea Towel series

Kay Lawrence with Lineage
 
 
below: Kay Lawrence, Rust series, Cup, 18” x 15”, 2001, cotton, wool, linen


Kay Lawrence, Cup from Rust series
 
 
below: Kay Lawrence, Lineage Tea Towel, each approx 12” x 15”, 2009, cotton, wool, linen

Kay Lawrence, Lineage
 
 
below: Kay Lawrence, Lineage Tea Towel, each approx 12” x 15”, 2009, cotton, wool, linen

Kay Lawrence, Lineage
 
 
below: Kay Lawrence, Lineage Tea Towel, each approx 12” x 15”, 2009, cotton, wool, linen

Kay Lawrence, Lineage
 
 
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