Persistence of Moment

As we get ready to trudge through the second half of summer, we are also gearing up  to usher in our newest show at Women + Their Work. Karen Mahaffy comes to us on July 22nd with “Persistence of Moment“,  a multimedia examination of the ways time and action can sometimes create works of their own.

In addition to presenting ephemeral time-based video works, several sculptures in the exhibit were inspired by Mahaffy’s recent Research Fulbright to Estonia and her snowy residency there. In Drift/Felt, Mahaffy presents wool in two states. In Drift, two “blocks” of carded wool reference both snowy landscape and the act of aimless wandering; in Felt, two felted insoles were created over two months by walking through the streets of Tallinn, Estonia.  The work suggests the change in material via each step taken as well as the emotion and act of walking through the city.

Mahaffy incorporates video, sculptural and drawn works to further explore how small, almost indiscernible factors can manifest into something greater and how “the collection of the tiny act accumulates to a degree that it – the accumulation- becomes more recognizable than the act itself.”

Karen Mahaffy
Persistence of Moment
July 22 – September 2 , 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 22, 6 to 8pm


About Women and Their Work Gallery

Known for its pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, Women & Their Work Art Space is a one of a kind statewide non-profit organization. Voted “Best Gallery” numerous times in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Women & Their Work Gallery showcases exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the year and presents performances, readings, film screenings and educational outreach programs.
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