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Woven Waterscapes

Thu, Oct 21 / 1–2 pm ET

Join 2021 MAD Artist Studios resident Tali Weinberg for a live virtual walkthrough of her solo exhibition Water Ways at Praxis Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. 


In Water Ways, Tali shares woven waterscapes constructed out of climate data, petrochemical-derived fishing line, and plant fibers and dyes. She looks to watersheds—areas of land defined by the water bodies into which they drain—for feminist, anti-colonial ways of relating to place. Watersheds are delineated by the earth itself, not by nation-states; attending to flows and relations rather than policed borders. As the detritus of our human life on land runs downstream and then circulates back through bodies, what can we learn from watersheds about relationships between ecological and human health? If one understands home as a watershed (rather than a city or state), might that unsettle notions of what is local? Can thinking with water interrupt our binary understanding of here and away, self and other, earth and body, nature and culture? Can it interrupt the destructive extractivism that ultimately makes us sick? 


Tali Weinberg draws on a history of weaving as a subversive language for women and marginalized groups to create a feminist, material archive in response to the worsening climate crisis. Through sculpture, drawing, and textiles, Weinberg traces relationships among climate change, water, extractive industry, illness, and displacement; between personal and communal loss; and between corporeal and ecological bodies. During her MAD residency, Weinberg will twine, coil, and weave experimental baskets out of medical tubing, sutures, thread, and climate data, using petroleum-derived material to grapple with the intersections of illness and climate crisis. Weinberg’s work has been featured in the New York TimesSurface Design Journal, the Tulsa Voice, and Ecotone. Recent exhibitions include the University of Colorado Art Museum, 21 C Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Center for Craft. Weinberg has taught at California College of the Arts, University of Tulsa, and Penland School of Craft. 

Image: Installation view of Water Bodies 1 & 2 in “Beyond Measure” at Lewis Project Space. Photo: Philip Maisel

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