January Wolodarsky

IKU

4’2” x 3’
2013
Bamboo Jersey, discharge, Silkscreen with pigment and gold pigment powder

IKU

 

MON (Detail)
5’6” x 2’6”’
2013
Bamboo Jersey, discharge, Silkscreen with pigment and gold pigment powder

MON (Detail)

 

KOKORO
5’ x 3’
2013
Bamboo Jersey, discharge, Silkscreen with pigment and gold pigment powder

KOKORO

 

Artist Statement

As a child, I watched my grandmother remodel old clothes. She taught me how to sew with her scraps. I inherited from her a love of fabric, odd color mixes, poetry, and an imagination to see beauty and usefulness in something no matter how tattered and old. The draw of cloth is irresistible; I feel a need to find a material connection between my hands and my history.

Making cloth is a creative, social, political, and spiritual act bound to the human condition. This understanding brings me a sense of wonder, responsibility, and a deep connection to generations of others who were compelled to cover, shelter and express their essence physically and spiritually through hard earned technical mastery. As I move forward with these skills, I am compelled to consider the immense challenge and urgent need to pay attention to the broad implications of the role of the garment and fibre industries to the health and survival of the world.

Clothing is a home for the body, a skin for the soul.