"Coral Wreath," by Artist-in-Residence Jenne Giles

Jenne Giles, "Mother and Child," 2013
August 5, 2015August 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: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments.

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 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. She is currently developing new work exploring fiber in the context of conceptual art as well as its relationship to painting and sculpture. 

The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums and provide exposure to emerging artists. This program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Museums for America. Supported in part by Genuus.