what it is is a solo exhibition by fiber artist Jamie Boyle. Jamie is currently the Artist in Residence in the fibers/mixed media studio at Contemporary Craft.
what it is, curated by Kate Dockery, includes objects created between 2016 and March 2022. This includes the piece all that is left, which was created during her residency.
Generally speaking, my work responds to the condition of living with chronic illness. The unpredictability of bodies – and, specifically, the unpredictability and fluidity of the body I live in – informs and tunes the way that I think about and engage with art making. Put plainly, it is a process of sudden encounter followed by, and amidst, necessary slowness.
Many of these objects are examples of how something ordinary – a piece of trash or song lyrics or an overused phrase or temperature or mood – can overwhelm, can sometimes stop me in my tracks. I don’t always welcome these interruptions – miracles. But once they happen, I can’t ignore the encounter. It is like I am passing through an idea. So I linger with the fragments – or my memory of them – meditating through slow accumulative processes, mostly weaving.