Los Angeles | APRIL 15TH- MAY 20TH
OPENS Saturday 15th April from 12-5pm RSVP Info@emmagrayhq.com to come/get map AT Garage no 1
From shoes to coats, from blankets to tents. In our search to keep the warmth of our bodies and find protection from the elements, we humans have historically resorted to skins, leathers, and furs. It is in our nature that, to thrive, we need more than a spot under the bridge. We need shelter, we need a safe space, we need to keep the fire alive so we can build a community around it.
Living and raising a family as a foreigner feels like being constantly outdoors, exposed to the inclemencies of the night. For me, embroidery has been my refuge, my protection. When loneliness and homesickness are pouring, I wrap myself in my textiles and feel protected and powerful. With this collection, I want to offer a glance into my cruelty-free and therapeutic Textildermy.
Carmen Mardónez (1988) is a Chilean textile artist living in Los Angeles, California, since 2017. She studied History and Arts in the Catholic University of Chile, and holds a master’s degree in Community Psychology from the University of Chile. Her work has recently been exhibited at “Building Bridges Art Exchange” and “Craft Contemporary”, and she is currently an artist-in-residency at Quinn Emanuel, Los Angeles.