Taking Time for Textiles
Eds.—We feature the whimsical wearables of Janice Jakielski in our September/October 2010 issue. Below Jakielski shares insights from a yearlong residency in Roswell, New Mexico. Also shown are images of the work she made during her residency that were featured in her solo exhibition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico (March 20–May 2).
by Janice Jakielski
“Often, these days I find myself craving time. Time has become tangible to me, I can taste it, I dream about it at night.” I wrote these words in my application essay to the Roswell Artist in Residence Program. In 2009, I was chosen to receive the Roswell “Gift of Time” Artist Residency, a year-long artist-in-residence program established in 1967 by businessman and artist Donald Anderson in Roswell, New Mexico. Each year six artists working in different disciplines are selected for a fully supported year-long artist residency, living on a complex in separate houses with attached studios and access to a wood shop, printmaking facilities, digital media room, and ceramic kilns. At the end of each residency, artists present a solo exhibition of their work at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.
As I reflect upon my experience during the last year as a recipient of the “gift of time” I am overwhelmed. How can one sum up such an extended period of creative isolation? During this time I was able to wade through the four-foot stack of unread papers and books awaiting my attention, to spend time looking, really looking, at what I am choosing to make-without distraction or burden. I had the opportunity to learn new skills and perfect old ones, the opportunity to fail and to learn from those failures. And in the end my craving of time has been satiated, temporarily.
All photos by the artist.
Dischdelfink (with details), 2010; porcelain, silk, ribbon;
hand embroidered; 22" x 30" x 9".
Object for Optical Exploration, 2009; metal screen, silk,
cardboard; hand embroidery; 3" x 6" x 6½".
Stepping Out (with detail), 2009; fabric;
mixed media; 18" x 21" x 10".
Installation view of Janice Jakielski’s 2010 solo exhibition at Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico.