Week 10 – Artist Conversation – Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition Information

Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Exhibition: Oddments 
Media: Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis  W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: AliciaKeyworth.com
Instagram: AliciaKeyworth

About the Artist

Alicia Keyworth is an undergraduate at CSULB working towards her BFA degree in fiber. Keyworth is also in the process of getting her teaching credentials and would like to be an art teacher when she graduates from the university. She is not planning on attending graduate school because she would like to teach first. Outside of art, Keyworth’s hobbies include going to the beach since she has lived in Southern California her whole life. Furthermore, she also likes alpacas. Keyworth’s dream project is a fashion collaboration with her fashion companies, Eileen Fisher and Patagonia

Formal Analysis

Keyworth’s exhibition composes of many fashion pieces such as a jumpsuit and various T-shirts. Furthermore, Keyworth also has a some pieces similar to bean bags called ‘landfills’ in which she stuffed with discarded clothing. Most of the pieces are made from scraps that Keyworth has collected over time. Keyworth’s pieces are all made up from different scraps with different patterns in which she puts them together to form one pattern. Further, each of the landfills match with the corresponding T-shirts and jumpsuit. For example, the Denim Landfill which is made up of the same material as the Deconstructed Denim Jeans Shirt also has the same  V-neck shape as the shirt.

Content Analysis

Keyworth found inspiration for her art exhibit when questioning if every material we use is being put to good usage. As a lab tech in fiber department, Keyworth also takes out trash where she saw a lot of scraps that get wasted so she took the scrapes and made them into something beautiful. Keyworth believed that too many times people do not use up every little bit of texture and that impacts our environment in a negative way. Keyworth takes advantage of her art exhibit as a way to help the environment by not using new materials but materials that would get thrown away while they are still in good quality.

Synthesis / My Experience

I think Keyworth’s art resonated with me in that like her fashion materials, food is also often wasted in today’s society. People don’t eat all of their food, some would take a bite of something, not like it, and then throw it away. I, myself, am guilty of doing this and would like to fix my problem. As a result, the Earth gets filled with thousands of pounds of waste with no place to go which damages the environment. Some people might think that by simply throwing their food away in a trash can the food magically disappears and there is no problem that arises, however, that is not the case. I think people should think about their actions and how it can have a negative impact on the world.



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