Saturday, May 25, 2013



Carnivale is about the expression of self, using costume and party to exhibit who you are and who you want to be. This conflicts with Western society beliefs where modest appearances signify depth of character and that integrity originates from within. Ornamental exteriors are suspect and perceived as shallow. In places like Trinidad or New Orleans, the opposite is valued - there is a power behind personal adornment that addresses the nature of spirit, gender and the making of art.

With CARNIVALE, women's clothes are crocheted into large anthropomorphic gestures. At 7 x 11 x 3 feet, it is an exuberant transcendence that extends out from the wall into your space. The technique is adapted from traditional technique but magnified in scale and materials, transforming meaning and form from the humble beginnings of floral blouses and silk jerseys into a celebration of the self. This piece will be part of the exhibit The Nobility of Things at Fruitlands Museum Art Gallery, June 29-August 18 2013.

Over the next month I'll be adding sneak previews of two shows. Please stay tuned!

with Kay Hartung
Fountain Street Fine Arts
Framingham MA
May 23 - June 23, 2013
Reception June 8 5-7 pm
Artist Talk June 14 7:30 pm

The Nobility of Things
Fruitlands Museum Art Gallery
Harvard MA
June 29 - August 18, 2013
Reception June 29 1-3 pm


  1. Jodi, I got to see your exhibit at Fountain Street yesterday-- really enjoyed it. I particularly liked viewing the dimensional open-weave basket-like piece from all angles (sorry-- don't remember its name). It's a great show!

  2. Hi Julia, Thanks for visiting! This show was a lot of fun to install with Kay. We worked in our own worlds and then it all just came together really well. The piece I think you're referring to is called 'Recepter' and it is created with a crochet technique very similar to 'Carnivale'!