Artist-in-residence - gwendolyn zierdt muzzy


My work explores the relationships between technology and language through the creation of pieces that explore how we see and use information. For centuries, handweaving and textile manufacture was the principal technology in societies. In the past, communities revolved around the loom and production of cloth. Today the dominant technology revolves around computers and digital information. Cloth has historically been the location of culturally encoded information. Textiles can indicate social status, economic data, and document important historical events. Familiar objects, such as quilts, contain stories and memory triggers if you understand the source and history of each fragment.

Do we understand the information inherent in an object? An abstract design covers a quiet textile. Upon inspection, a design becomes a word, sentence, or more. Information is integrated in the object. Is patterning merely decorative or does it contain meaning? By connecting issues of technology to objects with a historical connection, I hope to present another way of questioning and understanding the technological changes around us.