Elizabeth G. Kuhn

Heritage II, 1992

Double-weave pick-up

27.5" x 27"

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In my work I use familiar images as symbols of human culture, thought, tradition, and behavior. In Heritage II images have been chose to portray the occupations of the families of both my parents -- some being traced back through ancestral legends to biblical times. In this piece the images represent, and have been segregated according to what traditionally as been regarded either as men's or women's work. the signifiers of women's tasks are seen in the center, with warm colors denoting the nurturing role of women as mothers and keepers of the home. The images representing men's occupations are positioned in the borders, bristling with flamboyance and the importance of protecting (or is it confining?) the women.

Exhibitions of Heritage II
  • Senior Exhibition -- Four-Person Show, School of Art Main Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 1992
  • Annual Juried Student Exhibition, School of Art Main Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1992 (Honorable Mention)
  • Ohio Fiber Art Invitational '93, Brenda Kroos Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 1993
  • Fiber Celebrated '93, Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1993  (Interweave Press Award)
  • Combined Talents: The Florida National 1994, Gallery & Museum, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1994
  • Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky, 1994
  • Included in Fiberart Design Book Five, 1995
  • Fiber Now 1996, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California, 1996
  • Fiber '97, Textile Arts Centre, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
  • Show 5, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California, 1998
  • The Practiced Hand: Surface Design & Textiles, Warner Gallery, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana, 1999
  • Messages and Meanings in Woven Cloth, (MFA Exhibition), Gallery 138, Kent, Ohio, 2000
  • Surface: Structure and Substance, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, Indiana, 2001
  • The Woven Comment, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky, 2002
  • The Woven Comment, Ginko Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio, 2003