Celeste has an upcoming solo exhibition at Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery, titled I AM: Exploring Spiritual Connectivity through Fiber. This installation is Celeste’s interpretation of God and the universe’s guiding forces in our lives through the use of her fashion and fiber art. I have attached a press release that goes into more depth on the purpose and influences behind the concept.
The exhibition will be open for viewing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday, September 6th to Friday, October 25th. The opening ceremony is at the Wehrle Gallery (Ohio Dominican University) on Friday, September 6th from 7-9 p.m.
For over 25 years, Celeste Malvar-Stewart has continuously explored the realm of fashion, textiles, and fiber. In “I AM,” a solo exhibition coming to Ohio Dominican University in September of 2019, she uses fiber to explore and create a visual representation of God’s presence in our daily lives, and to interpret the constant guidance present in the universe. The exhibition’s title is drawn from Exodus 3:13-14 where Moses encounters the burning bush and asks God what he should tell the children of Israel when they should ask what his name is, “And God said unto Moses, ‘I Am that I Am…’”
In this body of work, Malvar-Stewart symbolically links garments with one another and with mundane elements, using fiber from sheep and alpaca living on Ohio family farms, as well as wool from Jacob Sheep, which was shipped from a special flock in Israel to symbolize the historical aspect, biblical reference, and spiritual inspiration in her pieces. These links represent and evoke her belief of connection between our bodies and our souls to each other, to God, and to the universe. The linking fibers range from almost invisibly thin to unavoidably thick, representing the various levels of awareness of our connections. These works are also meant to serve as a visual and tangible map of the presence of God in our daily lives through our connectivity with one another and with Him throughout time.
Unique hand-felted and naturally dyed garments on mannequin forms are depicted on various planes, some reaching “the heavens,” while hand-felted and hand-spun wall hangings continue the prevailing theme of being connected from one realm or state of being with another. This theme is expanded upon in an intimate installation in the back of the gallery where the audience is invited to interact in a self-reflective space to create a physical connection from one textile piece to another using local fibers.
The exhibition also includes a video that will offer a more in-depth look into her work.
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