Viewpoints @ The Watermill Center | Erica-Lynn Huberty
Join artist Erica-Lynn Huberty for her talk, “Running from Houses/Retreating to Houses” which explores women’s positions in communities: from homemaker and damsel, to scientist and pioneer. Playing off of the phrase “women running from houses” used to describe Gothic romance novels from the 1960’s, Huberty examines the home as a microcosm of society, exploring the roles women play at home, especially in the middle of a global pandemic. Through her writing and visual art, Huberty explores what the marginalization of women (particularly women of color) says about the devolution of the health of our Planet and Bodies.
Viewpoints is The Watermill Center’s year-round conversation series, granting artists and art enthusiasts the opportunity to gather and discuss creative themes vital to the contemporary moment. The winter series of Viewpoints is free and will continue each Wednesday in January in the spirit of past Nights @ The Round Table intimate gatherings and presentations by community fellows, staff members, esteemed alumni, and friends.
Due to COVID-19, this Viewpoints presentation will take place online. All registered attendees will receive an email with a Zoom link the morning of the event.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Erica-Lynn Huberty is a pioneer in the contemporary fiber arts movement. She earned her MFA in Painting (as well as an MA in British Literature, both in 1995) from Bennington College where she studied with Amy Sillman and Andrew Spence. Her work mingles textiles and sewing arts techniques with watercolor and ink, embroidery, crochet and knitting, loom-woven grounds, mediums overlapping as if done simultaneously, and exploring the historical tradition of “women’s work.” The process is at once tedious, time-consuming and physically demanding, as well as a symbol of feminine self-worth. Sometimes, the narrative is allowed to develop organically from textures and images on existing textiles, or in segments of her own sketches, scraps of trim, lace and appliqués, crocheted strands; at other times, a set mythos is constructed from her own fictional or autobiographical narratives. She is informed by 17th-19th Century naturalist drawings, self-taught and folk art traditions, and by environmental and architectural factors, particularly the fragility of endangered environments, flora and fauna, and vanishing historically-significant sites. Her art has been exhibited at Racine Art Museum, WI; David&Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn; Ricco Maresca Gallery and Denise Bibro Fine Arts in Manhattan; Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY. She has most recently created site-specific installations at an abandoned beach house in Bridgehampton, for MATTA in SoHo, the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum in Sag Harbor, NY, and on Mary Mattingly’s Wetland, for The Parrish Art Museum’s ambitious “Radical Seafaring” exhibition. She was recently in residence at the Southampton Arts Center as part of their 2020 ArtistsTakeover exhibition. She is also an author of Gothic fiction; her short story collection was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Prize for Fiction, and her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and EAST magazine.
photo copyright Doug Young