Red Dirt Rug - Art Prize

Poetic Embroidery

Exhibit Dates: September 6 – 27
Opening Reception: September 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Poetic Embroidery displays two large-scale installations, Tales of Woah by Kelly Rogers and Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe. Connected by the concept of story, these two artists explore variation in the process of embroidery, presenting non-traditional textile pieces through poetic expression.

artist next to tapestry - Art 365These installations occupy their space profoundly and intently. Kelly’s tapestry highlights small portraits of young girls that collectively hang in a limitless space, exposing the back of the canvas, messy veins to a detailed and rendered exterior, while Rena’s rug created by red dirt found from the Oklahoma landscape, patterned into a piece that we typically see in our interior homes, conveys a conversation with each tiny piece of soil.

Both carry an innocence and empathy, a lightness and simplicity in the face of abuse and human impact on the environment, allowing space for compassion and meditation and responding poetically to life’s vulnerabilities.

As humans, we constantly weave our personal memories together into an embellished and complete life; through the use of thread and natural material, Tales of Woah and Red Dirt Rug apply the process of literal and metaphorical embroidery to create pieces that captivate, revere, and conserve our collective stories.

Kyle Cohlmia was born and raised in Stillwater, OK. She attended the University of Kansas, graduating in 2006 with a BA in art history and Italian and a minor in English. Soon after graduation, she relocated to Denver, CO, working for the Denver Art Museum before deciding to pursue graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Cohlmia was granted the opportunity to act as emerging curator for OVAC’s annual exhibit, Momentum, in 2016 and concurrently accepted the position as curator of exhibitions for the College of Fine Arts and Design at UCO where she currently works with local and national artists to exhibit at the Melton Gallery.