Material Culture: Crossing Paths
By Brooke Atherton
Material Cultures: Crossing Paths features eleven new works in Brooke Atherton’s Palimpsest series. These works are large scale, fabric and mixed media canvases, used to explore traces of the past through layering. Palimpsests refer to anything having diverse layers or aspects beneath the surface. Just as the landscape evolves over time and ancient cities are built up with new architecture, her work relates to the history and identity of the elapsed. This series speaks to our individual heritage and is used as a starting point for conversations about how all of our paths cross at one point in time and space. Through this body of work, Brooke hopes to record both the general and intimate ways in which personal relationships and communities are formed.
The canvases will be shown consecutively over two years, in three different venues and in three stages of completion. The community is invited to participate in this evolving exhibit by writing on a fabric or paper hexagon, the place they most identify with when asked, “Where are you from?” For more information on how be a part of this community project and sew your place in history contact Alissa Popken, Education Curator at 406-587-9797 x 104.