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Amber Coppings

Echoes of Objects

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Artist Statement

As a textile artist, I am fascinated with the combination of texture, color, and cloth. As a further study into three-dimensional cloth manipulation, I asked friends, family, and people from my community to donate “unseen” objects from their lives that I could use to create texture in cloth for this installation. People donated objects that share and clutter their space, but are invisible most of the time. Knick knacks, things that are broken but you intend to fix, a single flip flop, rusty keys... Each object was embedded and bound in the silk, subjected to Japanese Shibori fabric dyeing processes, and then taken out to reveal a permanent shape in the cloth. The objects were reduced to shadows and shapes some of which resemble the original subject. I never knew how they would turn out. The texture is an echo of the solid object that we see, but rarely interact with; the things we keep around, but don’t need.



About The Artist

After attending Carlow University and trying out several creative careers, Amber spends time in her studio creating textural art-to-wear using Japanese shibori fabric dyeing and cloth manipulation methods. Her Amtextiles line of art-to-wear was showcased at the 2009 American Craft Council show in Baltimore, MD. Amber’s work can be found locally at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.


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