Warehouse421 is showcasing artworks of Jill Magi at her solo exhibition “The Weft in Pencil” as part of the Artistic Development Exhibition Program, in partnership with The Institute for Emerging Art. The exhibition is open to viewers until September 11th, 2022.
In “The Weft in Pencil”, the art pieces, paintings and fabric works, are based in the grid – the intersection of warp and weft, the editorial grid of the page, the weaver’s draft notations, as a generative space. Her works were created after her study of textiles, particularly the grid patterns of African strip – weaving. The “Sample Book Pages” series was inspired by an 18th-century silk sample book from France.
Jill Magi is an artist, educator, and critic who works in text, image, and textile. Her research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics, experimental literature, handmade books, alternatives to mainstream publishing, documentary forms, text-image hybridity, the textile arts, and projects in painting and drawing. Her essays, reviews, and creative works have been included in The Best American Experimental Poetry 2018, The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-garde and others.
In 2011 she was named as among the 50 most inspiring authors in the world by Poets & Writers Magazine, and she is a co-founder, along with Shamma Al Bastaki and Sarah AlMehairi, of JARA Collective, a publishing project based in the UAE.
Warehouse421 is an arts and design center, working in collaboration with local, regional, and international entities. It supports emerging talent from the UAE, Middle East, and South Asia. Warehouse421 hosts various public programs, provides various engaging learning opportunities for children, students, educators, artists, and creative professionals to develop their practices and inspire innovation.
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