Reception: Secondhand New

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September 14, 2023 - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Upper Rowe Gallery

Andrea Vail’s assemblages are defined by her use of reclaimed materials. More than weavings, these works expand and project in unrestrained dimensions, mimicking our insatiable hunger for material
possessions. She explains, “I am interested in the emphasis that American culture places on amassing stuff in pursuit of happiness and the ironic emptiness to which it leads. My research explores trends of mass-production, habits of consumption, and systems of artifice and authenticity. Hinged on textile traditions and techniques, my practice materializes as sculpture, installation, and collaborative exchange.”

Vail is an interdisciplinary artist based in Western North Carolina who makes connections between objects, people, or their collective communities. She received an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and BFA in Visual Art from UNC Charlotte. She is also a Goodyear alumni artist.

(Image: Pile/Assembly (circles and glitz), 2019, Pre-owned objects, jersey knit fabrics)