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IKAT textiles of Mary Zicafoose to be featured in exhibit at Creighton

Mary ZicafooseAn upcoming exhibit at Creighton University’s Lied Gallery will highlight the complex and beautiful resist-dye textile technique called IKAT, as created by well-known artist Mary Zicafoose.

The exhibit runs Jan. 24 - March 6, in the Lied Art Gallery located in the Fine and Performing Arts Center at 24th and Cass streets. An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m.

Zicafoose began experimenting with her own adaptation of the IKATglobally for her accomplished work in contemporary weft ikat. Pieces selected for this exhibition fall into three categories: IKAT tapestries, IKAT wearables and linens created as illustrations for the book, IKAT: The Essential Handbook to Weaving Resist-Dyed Cloth, and a new series of IKAT inspired collographic monoprints on paper.

Largely a self-taught, weaver, Zicafoose’s work is not an iterative rendering of traditional tapestry. Her seemingly effortless blending of the ancient and the current results in textiles that span centuries of artistic tradition and situates them squarely within the contemporary visual lexicon. Her image making, drawn from text, landscape, and cultural symbols, is color saturated and technically layered using the complex textile process known as IKAT.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. Visitor parking is located west of the Lied Education Center for the Arts and is accessed from Cass Street.


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