. May 31, 2017

Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask shows fiber art through multiple disciplines

BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask, an intimate exhibition of 10 extraordinary works by Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg. On view August 16, 2017–February 18, 2018, the exhibition shows how art, science, and history can produce fascinating innovations in textiles.

“Annet Couwenberg is a contemporary artist adept at the use of new technology, but deeply appreciative of historical textiles and costume as well as the hand processes used in their creation,” said Anita Jones, Curator of Textiles. “Her art bridges the traditional and the new both aesthetically and technically.”

Couwenberg has had a lifelong interest with the dialogue between the internal structure of an object and its outer façade. In the summer of 2014, the Maryland Institute College of Art professor and internationally exhibited artist received a prestigious Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. As a part of this program, which paired scientists with visual artists, Couwenberg worked with Dr. Lynne Parenti at the National Museum of Natural History to examine fish fossils, focusing on the interdependence of skeleton and skin in aquatic life forms captured through technological methods including 3-D scan, x-ray, and microscopic photography. Returning to her studio, she applied the patterns and structures learned through this experience to her artwork, which is also visually connected to traditional textiles and costume forms drawn from her Dutch heritage

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Annet Kouwenberg. Legacy. 2014. Photographer: Dan Meyers

Category: Fine Art

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