Haptic skips of woven textiles gone awry, the distortion of image dictated by the hand, and games of hide and seek, inform the use of weaving, mended imagery and installation, to examine false histories and notions of the South. By utilizing slow craft, Clare Hu dissects how Southern myths are acted and re-enacted in the stories and objects surrounding them, and particularly, the kinds of debris left behind.
Fascinated by remnants produced from points in history both personal and historic, Hu's body of work surveys how Southern narratives are maintained throughout the history of Georgia, and the cultural shifts regionally specific to the metro-Atlanta area within the Chinese American community that resided there from the 1970’s and 80’s. By focusing on a relatively small and expanding community, she connect these experiences to the larger history of Chinese Americans who have immigrated and lived in the South since before the Civil War.
Clare Hu is an artist and weaver currently based in Brooklyn. She completed her BFA with a focus in fiber and material studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and has received additional training in textiles from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. Hu has shown widely in Chicago at No Nation Gallery, Gallery No One, Dfbrl8r and Sullivan Gallery, and has recently shown at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, and Dream Clinic Project Space in Columbus, Ohio. She is a past Hambidge Center fellow, and a recent resident at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn.
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