We've known Dana Barnes for some time now and consider her a dear friend. That's what makes it even more exciting that this fellow southerner exhibited her newest body of work "Unspun: tangled and fused" last night at Ralph Pucci's here in New York. The new collection explores the textile and the texural, the knotting and netting of raw fibers to conjure the warm and sticky Southern lilting of a languid summer afternoon. Imagining the front porch vistas of her childhood, Barnes' large-scale pieces suggest thick crop fields, scattered bales of rolled hay, grazed hills and meadows, oak trees entwined with Spanish moss. Perhaps that's why we got so wound up about these familiar themes re-contextualized in a modern urban setting.
Pulling from ancient techniques, such as basket coiling, rug braiding, crocheting, knotting, needlepoint and cross-stitch, the work is imbued with the natural imperfections of raw materials and handmade objects, and the playful simplicity of camp craft projects that belie the complexities of their construction.
The neutral palette and muted hues give the work a rough-hewn organic stillness, while underscoring the richness of material and craft. We can't say enough about Dana's work and strongly encourage you to try and see it in person. To learn more about this incredible talent click here.