Meet Jodi Colella MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 6:00 AT THE WILTON LIBRARY
I use a broad range of materials, innovation and social engagement to create provocative, tactile works. My process begins with traditional fiber techniques and I’m intrigued by the histories of these practices as expressions of the values, hopes and dreams of a maker’s time and place.
Last November I attended a residency in China. I arrived with an interest in the symbolism of their folk art, objects made by common people using available materials to create representations of shared beliefs. With a plan to challenge my art making approach, an open mind, and meager supplies from home, I set out to do the same using whatever I could find around me.
The experiences of isolation, frustration, self-discovery and exposure to a uniquely different culture enhanced my curiosity about human motives and the way we relate and respond to each other. It filled me with many questions about behavior and the contradictions of the human condition.
I’m in the process of creating a new series and making arrangements for an exhibition in early 2016. A month at Weir Farm Art Center, where I could focus on work and receive feedback from visitors, would be invaluable in helping me to achieve these goals.