CDMC Conversation Series: Amanda Thatch and Zoe Cohen
From Katie Apsey
This installment of the CDMC Conversation Series focuses on how visual art and language can meet in textile practice and collaboration. MFA candidate in Textiles/Design Studies in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison Amanda Thatch was in conversation with Zoe Cohen, PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies. Thatch is a textile, book, and paper artist whose work in hand weaving is deeply influenced by printed text and experiences of reading. Cohen is completing her dissertation exploring feminist performances of personal narrative and has been published by Adjunct Press, Fourth Genre, and Blue Earth Review.
This spring, Amanda invited Zoe to respond to new woven art works with an original piece of writing to be included in a collaborative publication/artist book, to be designed by Eleanor Annand. As Amanda’s MFA work took shape through images of nature rendered in thread, Zoe wove a narrative of life with her new daughter, the vocabulary and tools of textile practice, and reflections on emergence.
During this event, Thatch shared work from her MFA exhibit, Tromp as Writ, and Cohen read “Thrum,” the lyric essay she composed for their collaboration. They conversed about the overlapping worlds of language, visual experience, and creative practice.
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The CDMC Conversation Series is made possible with the support of The Anonymous Fund.