"Coral Wreath," by Artist-in-Residence Jenne Giles
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Jenne Giles, Mother & Child. Fiber installation/sculpture
Kimball Education Gallery
August 5–30, 2015
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm plus Friday Nights until 8:30 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception Friday Night, August 28, 6–8:30 pm
Jenne Giles will work with museum visitors to build a Coral Wreath from wool and other fibers using felting techniques. During the process, visitors will learn about the unique ecology of coral reefs as well as current threats posed to their survival. The final installation will illustrate the biodiversity of coral reefs. Made in colorless fibers, its bleached appearance is a symbolic call to action to prevent further loss of these precious ocean habitats.
Jenne Giles is a mixed-media artist whose work explores boundaries between traditional fine arts and experiential arts such as performance, wearable art, and installation. Giles received her degree in Art & Art History from Rice University in 1997. After moving to San Francisco in 1999, she apprenticed for 5 years in architectural metalwork and completed four major installations for Burning Man, including the first keyhole project by a female artist. She discovered felt-making and the possibility of fiber art in 2005 and is presently developing new work exploring fiber in the context of conceptual art as well as its relationship to painting and sculpture.
The Kimball Education Gallery is located in the free zone of the museum; no tickets are required. Please drop by any time during open hours.
Contact InformationKevin Chen
Support for Friday Nights at the de Young is provided by Hanson Bridgett and the Koret Foundation. During Friday Nights, funding from The Hearst Foundations makes possible free general admission to the permanent collection galleries. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Chronicle.