Artist: Caryn Aasness
Media: Fiber, textile
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Caryn Aasness is currently a 4th year undergraduate senior at CSULB pursing her BFA in the School of Art’s Fiber Program. She hopes to eventually attend graduate school, but would like to build up her portfolio in the period between graduation and then. Her dream project is to have her own show and would like to design textile and wallpaper in the future. About two years ago, Caryn learned how to weave and slowly began to incorporate sewing and embroidery techniques she learned from her grandmother into her works. This gallery is a collection of the works she has created utilizing these techniques with a bit of a twist to them.
Synthesis / My Experience
My favorite part of the exhibit was interpreting the messages hidden in the fabrics. Some of my favorite messages included the title “PUNCTUATION’S NOT DEAD” and in the boxes was written “EXCLAMATION POINT QUESTION MARK” and another one titled “-PALAHNIUK” and within it written “NOTHING OF ME IS ORIGINAL I AM THE COMBINED EFFORT OF EVERYONE I HAVE EVER KNOWN.” I liked this gallery of Caryn’s work because of how interactive it was. I enjoyed “working” to get to the meaning of each piece by deciphering and decoding the patterns and connecting the works together. It was a bit hard sometimes though because I made a lot of words that did not make sense until I separated them to shorter words lol. Another aspect I liked about the artist’s work is how the pieces are a bit imperfect such as the picture above. The ends don’t match evenly and the tassels don’t hang all in one row. I think details like make the work more personal.