Amanda Thatch is a textile, book and paper artist and is currently an MFA candidate in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught workshops at schools and art centers including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Tenn.), Visual Arts Center of Richmond (Va.), and the University of Michigan. She is interested in exploring art-making and language use as linked, embodied practices. Her recent work focuses on crossovers between words and weaving as both structure and material.
Kim Weiss is an artist and printmaker from Milwaukee, Wis. She received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2004 and post-graduation helped found the community printshop at RedLine Milwaukee, an artist incubator. Kim has shown work at regional venues including The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The Wilson Center for the Arts, The James Watrous Gallery (Madison, Wis.), and the JM Kohler Art Center. Her work is primarily paper-based and incorporates a variety of printmaking and mixed media techniques, with subject matter of plants, animals, and insects. Her current focus is combining relief printmaking with 3D forms and creating multiples for immersive and installation based work.
Thatch and Weiss use themes from nature to explore experimental processes in their studio practice. Thatch’s weavings use cotton and silk fibers with plant and insect derived dyes to think about language, time, and seasonal change. Weiss’s mixed media wall installation of cecropia giant silk moths combines the traditional relief printing making process with 3D wood forms to explore the effect of color, transformation, and multiplicity in nature as well as print media. Both artists collaborate on woven panels that combine printmaking and fiber processes in ways that look for metaphoric resonance between the natural world and the generative possibilities of art making.
“Recurrence” will be open for public viewing from Jan. 15 to Feb. 12 in the Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Montana Western. For more information, please contact Aja Mujinga Sherrard at [email protected] or call 406-683-7313.