Mita Giacomini is a fibre artist in Dundas, Ontario. She takes inspiration from nature, particularly fleeting images that work like apertures to a wider reality -- ground shadows tell of the unseen sky above, a bird’s eye hints at an unknown mind. Portraits of birds and others celebrate the meanings and mysteries of our encounters and invite recognition -- whether anthropomorphic or alien. Other semi-abstract series interpret shadows, waves, silhouettes, or reflections – the graceful, organic forms created by the interplay of light and environment.
Fibre is a nuanced, expressive art medium that resonates well with the fabric of nature. Mita practices an original technique she calls “surface weaving,” which combines hand needle-weaving with free-motion machine stitching and quilting.
The process is incremental and contemplative. It generates rich textures and myriad colour interactions. The final effect is similar to neoimpressionist brushwork, but with an added dimension of intricacy that’s unique to fibre. Surface-woven textiles exhibit complexity at every visible scale -- from across the room, to up close, to microscopic. In this way, the artworks echo nature’s own geometries of scale, enlivening the images and offering something new to see with every look.
Mita’s work has been exhibited at art galleries and museums across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. She is a juried artist member of the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario, the Canadian fiber artist group Connections, and the international Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA).
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