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The Rugmaker’s Daughter – Lexie Abra Johnson
July 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Opening July 21, 2017 PLUG Projects presents, The Rugmaker’s Daughter, a solo exhibition that explores identity, care and labor by Lexie Abra Johnson (’15 Fiber). Johnson uses traditional textile processes to examine her own family structure and her place within it. Working with clothing discarded by friends and family, she carefully deconstructs and reconstructs the material by sewing and weaving it back together. Her collected textiles are fraught with history and meaning, retaining fragments of the people who used them. Piecing together snippets of their histories, Johnson composes abstract portraits of those she has loved, loves, and those who have been lost somewhere in between.
Growing up in the mountains of southeastern Idaho and the Black Hills of South Dakota, Lexie Abra Johnson was greatly influenced by her rural surroundings. Her parents chose to live a simplified “back to the land” lifestyle, so she was taught to reuse, use up, and make do. Because Johnson took a meandering road to college, she had the chance to pursue many career paths and hobbies like working as a pastry chef in a French bakery, doing research and development for a granola company, and raising chickens in a barn outside her home.
In 2015 Johnson received her BFA in the Fiber Department of the Kansas City Art Institute. She employs traditional textile processes such as quilting, weaving, and surface design and engages the public through participatory projects inspired by relational aesthetics. Johnson was recently the artist in residence at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee, where she focused on building two large interactive looms for students and faculty to work together on creating a tapestry. She currently works as Technician and Lecturer in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute where she is inspired by students every day.