Artist: Caryn Aasness
Media: Fiber, textile
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Caryn Aasness is an undergraduate student in the School of Art’s Fiber Program at Cal State Long Beach. She is a senior and is almost ready to complete her BFA degree. Caryn has always been interested in textiles that are why she decided to learn techniques for weaving. She recently learned how to weave which was about two years ago and now she is creating various art pieces with her weaving techniques.
Caryn’s exhibition included multiple pieces of fiber textile designs. All of the textiles were very colorful which included small squares of different colors like green, blue, pink, orange, yellow, brown, red, and white. These colors would fade into a lighter or darker shade of the color. Some of the squares on the textiles were thicker than the others. One of the fiber textile design had letters in the center that said “ To Call it Cute is To Misunderstand.” Next to each of the fiber textile designs there was a piece of grid paper that outlined the art pieces, containing multiple coding.
Caryn’s fiber textile designs had messages encoded in each of her piece. The textiles that were weaved thicker represented a specific letter. You were able to determine which letter did the thick weaving represented by looking at the piece of grid paper that was next to the art piece. Short statements are encoded onto each of the fiber textile designs. The picture below has the following statement encoded: “Exclamation point question mark.”
All of the statements that are encoded in Caryn’s work represent something during her childhood. Many of them were statement she would hear at school and while she was growing up. However, some of the statements that she encoded onto her work have a stronger meaning than others.
When I first walked into the gallery I thought all of the fiber textile designs were the same. I thought the only difference was the size. However, as I was closely looking at each piece, I noticed how some of the squares were thicker than others. At first, I didn’t know what the thickness of the square meant until I spoke to Caryn. She explained how statements were encoded into her artwork. Once I knew how to read the statements that were encoded, I went back into the gallery to figure out the statements on each of her pieces. Overall, I thought it was very interesting how Caryn was able to incorporate statements onto her art piece.