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‘Meditations for Chaos’ exhibit on display at Tipton Gallery

Contributed • Jun 10, 2019 at 6:57 AM

“Meditations for Chaos,” an exhibit by self-taught fiber artist Laura Bowman, will be on display at the Tipton Gallery in downtown Johnson City until June 26.

Bowman, an East Tennessee artist, creates knotted sculptural tapestries by combining her unique adaptation of an old macramé technique with a modern textile aesthetic using wool, cotton and acrylic fibers.

When creating a tapestry, Bowman uses this knotting technique to form and manipulate an organic design. Allowing the process to dictate the flow, while also making specific decisions along the way, she guides the piece toward a visually stimulating conclusion of color, texture and movement that pushes simple pieces of string and yarn into three-dimensionality.

Bowman’s current work, she says, is “an exploration of emotional tension, a visual expression of the internal chaos of anxiety that appears controlled, harmonious and beautiful on the surface. These pieces represent the emotional labor of maintaining that appearance while dealing with feelings of displacement and disquietude, and the struggle to organize feelings of chaos and separateness into order and belonging.”

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Tipton Gallery, located at 126 Spring St., is open for regular hours Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m., with extended hours for receptions and by appointment.