Pamela Wiley, "Full Circle," detail, stitched cotton, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Pamela Wiley exhibition: 'Now the Once'

SCAD presents "Now the Once," a solo exhibition by Pamela Wiley, SCAD professor emerita of fibers. Employing the language of textiles as form and process, the artist’s latest body of work transcends the boundaries of traditional quilt making. Her dimensionally stitched drawings invite us to consider the power of the line and its impact on perception, where linear planes dissolve and negative spaces resonate from the surface.

Both mathematical and intuitive, Wiley’s stitches act as metaphors connecting and bisecting different planes to create physical as well as psychological depth. These sculptural fiber pieces reference textiles, physics and infinite space, intrinsically punctuated by the recording of time and experience. By both elevating and deconstructing the heralded tradition of quilting, they bring heirloom textile techniques into a contemporary context.

Based in Tybee Island, Georgia, Wiley is heavily influenced by her natural surroundings. She recently retired from 24 years of teaching at SCAD, and now pursues her love of all things textile-based and thread-enhanced while investigating the social, cultural and personal potential of cloth.

This exhibition is curated by guest curator Susan A. Laney. The exhibition coincides with the Textile Society of America symposium, "Land, Labor and the Port" held in Savannah, Georgia, Oct. 19–23, 2016.

Reception: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, 6–8 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1–4 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.