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Exhibit: Maura Schaffer
December 15, 2017 - January 14, 2018FREE
Exhibit Title: Commune (verb)
As a child, my mother insisted on family meals every night. She believed that this was a time for the family to connect and share their daily experiences and that it was important for family togetherness. While I truly believe this is good practice, these meals were not always joyful experiences. My artistic work focuses on these and other recalled experiences. The life-sized dinner table pieces focus on the family meal, dining and drinking with friends, and the group dynamics of these gatherings.
My process, translucent white fabric that is wrapped around and hand-stitched onto a welded wire armature, recalls both stitchery with my grandmother and great Aunt Rose and the time I spent with my father using power tools and making things in his garage workshop. The white fabric represents the residual of my memory of the experience. By welding and also sewing I am playing with masculine and feminine roles of these tasks that used to be so divided in my family. At our house, the kitchen is my space and I own the power tools in the garage. I laugh sometimes at the reaction when a male friend asks my husband about the tools and he refers them to me. It’s fun for me to think when I am welding the armature for the food, “I’m making dinner!”