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"Use Your Tongue" Opening Reception

  • ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes 79 W Market St Corning, NY, 14830 United States (map)

The Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is pleased to present Use Your Tongue, a solo show featuring the works of Anna Warfield. On display from October 21 - November 22, 2019, the opening reception will be on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5-8pm at 79 W Market Street in Corning, NY. An artist talk will begin at 6pm.

Warfield describes the exhibit saying, "My mostly sculptural, often text-, and always textile-based work is aspirationally frank. The stitched, stuffed didactic poems and commands are confrontational, mesmerizing and frightening, and veer between dead serious and casual. The work addresses complexities in sexuality, female ownership of self, language and voice, with an underlying sexualization of speech.

The materials and construction further complicate the picture in not only employing “women’s work” in the service of an unabashedly feminist voice, but also initially reading like comfort objects, squishable and soft, before revealing themselves to be explicit, demanding, or contorted. The fabric’s light colors and soft textures mask the tone of the text, disguising dominance with submission.

I deftly catch and hold attention by moving text off the page and into the oversized, dimensional world of my soft sculptures. The work broadcasts its intentions, summarizes memories, and demands conversations with a single other person; it’s intimate, personal, political."

Anna Warfield (b. 1995) is a fiber artist based in Whitney Point, New York. Warfield graduated from Cornell University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Fine Art and was honored with the Charles Baskerville Painting Award for her thesis work. Her recent group exhibitions include the Southern Tier Biennial in Olean, New York; Birthday Suit at Site:Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; and Made in New York at Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. Warfield was the featured artist in the May 2019 issue of ragazine.cc, an online arts and culture publication. She has an upcoming solo exhibition with Artisan Gallery in Binghamton, New York.