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Interplay of text and textiles are focus of emerging artist exhibiting at Lied Gallery, Feb. 24-April 9

Working in the media of textiles, thread, text, paper, ink and ash, Camille Hawbaker has created a series of fiber and print veils for the exhibition, “Veils of Voids,” running Feb. 24 through April 9 at the LECA Gallery on the Creighton University campus.Simultaneous creation and destruction, the transitory ideological apparatus of language and the passage of time are just a few of the themes at play in the work of Camille Hawbaker, the next featured artist at the Lied Education Center for the Arts Gallery.

Working in the media of textiles, thread, text, paper, ink and ash, Hawbaker has created a series of fiber and print veils for the exhibition, “Veils of Voids,” running Feb. 24 through April 9 at the LECA Gallery on the Creighton University campus. An artist reception will be held Friday, Feb. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the LECA.

Hawbaker, a Chicago native now living in Omaha, works largely in print and fibers to challenge the notions of materialism and material transformation, focusing on impermanence, fragility, intuition and cycles of regeneration. Her writing emerges from a nomadic life spent in different cities in the United States and through her travels abroad.

“Words are evolving concepts of human language, where their meanings are interwoven to create our perception of the fabric of history and culture,” Hawbaker said. “This fabric is a veil that reveals and conceals meaning. Language, by rote, becomes flat, rigid, and predictable when it stays within the boundaries of established ideologies. It follows, we must then disrupt the fabric to sustain the inherent value in words: to unsettle them is to make room for meaning to change.”

Hawbaker earned a BFA from Baylor University and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been a part of several solo or group exhibitions across Nebraska, the Midwest and Texas, and has shown her work internationally, as well. She completed a fellowship at The Union for Contemporary Arts in Omaha in 2015 and also had a 2013 residency at the Safiuddin Printmaking Studio in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“I write to convey desires, pain, observations, and reflections in personal journals,” Hawbaker said. “As my perception transforms, I sense that my words do not express my actual thoughts: the words are a fabric of conventions in which the meaning has vanished. To disrupt the language, I draw, write with flammable liquid, burn, print, and then sew the fragments back together. The resultant objects are created in destruction, and contain the history of what they were within the actuality of what they are. A new, tactile vocabulary with decorative forms and organic motifs emerges.”

The Lied Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 5 to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The Gallery will be closed during the University’s spring break, March 4 through 12.

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