"so I will let it (the ugly wallpaper) alone and talk about the house"
August 28-September 28
Vernissage September 5, 6:30-8:30
music by THE NEW WHITE CHihuahua
Maggie Gourlay’s thread winds not through fabric, but through memory. She combines the dual aspects of fragility and connection in thread renderings of her childhood homes. She recreates her spatial past, layering rooms upon rooms and leaving gaps where no memory exists. While the color references architectural blueprints, her works are full of a painstaking imprecision that results from the intricate paths of recollection. She forces each strand to be pulled taut, despite their (and memory’s) natural inclination towards looseness. Fiber evokes ideas of domesticity, fragility, confinement and honest views of femininity. Thread embroiders and it mends.
Additional works in the show include installations made using embroidery floss as well as more abstract, improvisational screen prints. Maggie deliberately disrupts the sentimental notions of domestic comfort in her work by adding images of potentially menacing objects. Though these safety pins, needles, and metal hooks carry some capacity for harm, it is significant that they share the same drawer as the more delicate thread. Her inspirations include “The Yellow Wallpaper” a short story by Charlotte Gilman Perkins, which explores the visually restricted environment of home. Additional influences are found in the artistic works of Ghada Amer, Paula Rego and Mona Hatoum.
Maggie Gourlay received her BA from Georgetown University and her MFA from Towson University. She has lived and worked all over the world, including Morocco, Belgium, and South America. Maggie has exhibited in numerous shows throughout the DC area and beyond, including Pulse NY in 2014. She was a semi-finalist in 2010 for the Trawick Prize, Bethesda Painting Awards and received a 2014 Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship. Selected shows include VisArts, Rockville, MD, WPA SELECT 2013, Washington, DC, Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, and the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA. This is her first show with Adah Rose Gallery.