As part of the exhibition "Future Shock: (Re)Visions of Tomorrow", the Roswell Museum is hosting a series of talks with some artists participating in the show. These "Tomorrow Talks" will focus on the artists' works in the exhibition as well as overarching themes.
On Tuesday September 27, 2022, Aaron Wilder, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Roswell Museum, will moderate a discussion with artists Kira Dominguez Hultgren and Ross Meckfessel.
Currently based in Chicago, Illinois, textile artist and educator Kira Dominguez Hultgren says “weaving is about strange combinations.” Identifying as multi-racial (including Black, Chicanx, Hawaiian, Punjabi, and White), she weaves the fibers of the intersecting histories of her family into a complex identity narrative. “I have always had an interest in narrative, in constructed storytelling,” Dominguez Hultgren explained in a recent interview in "Artemorbida: Textile Arts Magazine," “beginning with stories around the dining room table, listening to my parents try to make sense of their family stories of (im)migration, assimilation, miscegenation, survival, and ongoing embodiment of difference. Although I didn’t learn the physical motions of weaving from my family, I did learn the process of pieced together, embroidered, contradictions-held-in-tension, woven, textile stories from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother, and cousins.”
Artist and filmmaker Ross Meckfessel received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He predominantly works in Super 8 and 16mm film. Meckfessel’s projects often take the form of visual poems. He is fascinated by what he describes as “apocalyptic obsession” and his works often explore themes of contemporary human experience and how that relates to technology and feelings of social and individual dissatisfaction. His work has been screened nationally across the United States as well as around the world.