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umbrellaARTIST STATEMENT

My love of textiles began early and has continued as a life-long resource. As a naive 17 year old I went off to Paris for a weekend as a Mademoiselle Magazine college competition fashion winner. My interest in fashion continued to grow starting out as a textile designer before becoming a full time artist. The joy of pattern informed my vision from very early on.

The move from the east coast to the west coast 15 years ago had an unexpected impact on me. This new freedom included world travel and I began taking pictures with a camera. Without realizing it I was creating a context for my work yet to come.

Soon I began re-arranging and cropping my photos and finally printing on transparencies in repeat patterns I made on the computer. The shapes of my early image composites took the form of large squares and dresses. Later on image fragments were pieced together into fantastical things like Insects and Greek Vases arranged as installations on the wall. In my most recent work, I am creating wire forms and filling in the spaces with my imagery to create whole objects.

My love of the handmade made the needle the natural tool to pull the pieces together. I left the threads hanging as evidence of the process. I arrange them slightly off the wall with straight pins to permit shadows to interact with the forms. From a distance the work appears as abstract compositions. Upon closer inspection segments carry recognizable imagery.

My work is about transformation. I am interested in reconfiguring shapes and patterns in repeat on a transparent material that interacts with light to create a unique visual experience.

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EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts Syracuse University, 1973 Haystack School, Maine
Women’s Studio Workshop, NY
Anderson Ranch, Colorado
Peter’s Valley Art Center, Pennsylvania


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Looking Back, Moving Forward”, NCJW/LA, LA, CA

2012

Dress Code”, Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, CA
Hybrid Dress Series”, Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City, N.J.

2009
Stitches”, Project_210, Pasadena, CA
Re-Addressing the Dress”, Gallery 825, LA, CA
Juried Group Solo Exhibition”, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA


small-urn2GROUP MUSEUMS EXHIBITIONS

2017
Taking Wing”, Neutra Gallery and Institute, LA, CA
California Sculpture SLAM”, San Luis Obispo Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

2014-2015
Traveling Exhibition: “California Dreaming” il Palazzo della Provincia, Italy (October 4-28th, 2014), Oceanside Museum of Art,
Oceanside, CA (December 6th, 2014 – March 29, 2015), Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA (April 21- July 5, 2015)

2013
SLAM 2013”, San Luis Obispo Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Celebrate the Journey”, A+D Architecture/Design Museum, LA, CA
Incognito 2013”, Santa Monica Art Museum, Santa Monica, CA

2012
Come in les femme”, A+D Architecture/Design Museum, LA,CA


overgrownSELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Ink and Clay 43”, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA
Converge/Convene”, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego CA
lacda Top 40 International Exhibition”, LA, CA
Pasadena Showcase House”, Pasadena CA

2016
Venice Silent Auction”, Google Headquarters, Venice, CA
Fiber Art International 2016”, Pittsburg PA.

2015
MAS ATTACK”, Santa Monica, CA
The Threads that Bind, A Cultural Experience”, Platt Borstein Gallery, American Jewish University, LA, CA

2014
Photo+Craft”, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria Oregon
17th Annual No Dead Artists”, Johnathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, GA
Second Nature”, Pitzhanger Manor at Walpole Park, London, England

2013
after image the photographic process(ed)” invitational, Cerritos College Gallery, Cerritos, CA
Network-C.A.R. contemporary art ruhr”, Zaha, Museum, Seoul, Korea
C.A.R.” Contemporary Art Ruhr”, Zollverein World Heritage Site, Essen, Germany

2012
5 x 5” an Invitational”, Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
AFTA4JAPAN”, Royal T Gallery, Culver City, CA
Create/Fixate”, Premiere Events Center, LA, CA
No Mirrors”, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Flag Stop”, invitational art event in PODS, Torrance, CA

2011
Mannequin Collective”, 100 Mannequins by Artists”, Santa Monica, CA
Deconstructed Applications”, LA Municipal Gallery, LA, CA

2010
Unwearables” Dept. of Cultural Affairs, LAX Airport, LA, CA
LA Juried Exhibition 2010”, LA Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA
International Mail Art Exhibition”, Armory Art Center, Pasadena, CA
Tower Show”, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Art of Knowledge”, Zimmer Children’s Museum, LA, CA


AWARDS AND PRIZES

Art in Embassies- (2017- 2019) U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Greece


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013
“Photolucida”, portfolio review, Portland, Oregon

2012
“PhotoFest”, portfolio review, Houston, Texas

2011
“Photo Alliance”, portfolio review, San Francisco, CA


PUBLISHED / TEXTS

2017  
Schiffer Publishing’s- Artistry in Fiber: Wall Art and Artistry in Fiber: Sculpture, Spring/Summer catalog and scheduled for release late in summer of 2017. See http://www.schifferbooks.com/artistry-in-fiber-vol-1-wall-art-6213.html and http://www.schifferbooks.com/artistry-in-fiber-vol-2-sculpture-6232.html

Jane Cafin Blog “Offramp”: Red Exhibition 2017
http://www.janechafin.com/Exhibitions/RED/REDexhibition2.html

2016
Textielplus Magazine
http://gwensamuels.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/TXP-237-Blikvangers.pdf

2015
Gwen Samuels: Visual Seamstress- Studio Visit LA – Jan. 2015
http://www.studiovisit.la/artists/gwensamuels

2013
Western Art and Architecture
http://westernartandarchitecture.com/Article/ones-to-watch-gwen-samuels1

2012  
Artweek.LA
http://artweek.la/issue/november-5-2012/article/after-image-the-photographic-process-ed
http://artweek.la/issue/july-9-2012/article/gwen-samuels-sew-what

Wearable Art Blog- July 15, 2012 http://www.wearableartblog.com/.services/blog/6a00e54fd5676f883400e54fc2365a8833/search?filter.q=gwen+samuels

Standard Magazine: July 2012 (Early Summer: issue 11)

The Magic Eye Effect
https://issuu.com/standardmag/docs/issue11online/66

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