Artist: Caryn Aasness
Gallery: Dr.Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Caryn Aasness is a senior in California State Long Beach. It is her fourth year as csulb while working to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Caryn Aasness has always been interested in textiles which is why she started to action and start learning how to weave. She starting weaving two years ago and has now been creating various art pieces made of fabric.
Caryn Aasness’s gallery consisted of different colorful art pieces that were hanged all around the walls. The art pieces seemed to be blankets made of fabric that she had created through weaving. They all had color patterns that were an inch that represented a letter in the alphabet. Each blanket in the gallery had different meanings due to the colors that were included as well as a paper next to them in order to figure out the message for each one. The main art piece had its own wall that stated, “To call something cute is to misunderstand.”
In Caryn Aasness’s gallery, her art had a goal to send a message to individual’s. In order to figure out the meanings, we had to decode it with the paper that was placed next to the pieces that she created. Aasness stated that the symbol for figuring them out like a puzzle is to show that people do not have to be like everyone else and have the freedom to be and do what they want which the “puzzle” represents. She created it like a puzzle to show that “up can be down and right can be left.” Her main art piece that contains the quote portrays a message that her gallery is more than just weaving and fabric.
This gallery caught my attention due to the colors that were used and the fabric made it different from the other galleries. I really liked how much Caryn Aasness’s passion for art showed by interviewing her. The amount of time that she took for each art piece in her gallery shows just how much dedication she has for her art. In my opinion, passion and dedication for an individual’s art are one of the most important aspects that are needed in order to succeed in the art field.