Steckline Gallery will present “Flow” by Amy Huser during a First Friday exhibition from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 4, at Newman University.
Huser is a textile artist from Wichita, Kansas, and a graduate of the University of Kansas where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history and studio emphasis on textile design.
She uses painting, weaving and embroidery to create her hand-woven and painted textile installations.
“Flow” tells the story of the journey Huser took to find her self-worth.
“I’ve kept a journal since I was young. Looking back at the words I wrote, there were 730 times that I thought, prayed about or expressed that I did not feel like I was enough. Have you ever looked back and realized you were so hard on yourself … and you didn’t need to be? ‘Flow’ is a part of an ongoing project in which I am reclaiming those 730 hours,” Huser explained.
For every hour Huser spent being critical toward herself, she would spend an hour in purposeful thankfulness, which allowed her to realize that she indeed is enough.
“Some hours are more reflective. Others are simply spent in the flow and process of weaving. Every woven red line represents the passing of one hour. Playful embroidered and painted lines dance on top of the structure of these weavings,” Huser said.
Through “Flow,” Huser fabricated an environment that encouraged play and movement throughout the space.
Huser added, “The idea of play is one that I relate to freedom — free to be before I felt like I didn’t measure up to certain ideals. “Flow” is a result of my journey to a more playful self — one who gives herself more grace.”
“Flow” will be on display Oct. 4-25. An “Art for Lunch” event, which includes a discussion with the artist, will take place Oct. 8 from noon-1 p.m. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees may also bring their own lunch. All events are free and open to the public.
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.
For more information, email Director of Steckline Gallery Shannon Johnston at [email protected].