At a snail’s pace, Clare Hu works backwards through time and landscape, loosely trailing the movement of Chinese American immigrants and the paths taken to establish and find space for themselves in the American South. Maps are painted onto woven textiles to be stitched together with images of family members and landscape markings, while textile patterns are drafted from sampling and rearranging elements of overshot weaving drafts. Utilizing systems of making and unmaking, Hu detangles physical and personal distances between disparate cultural spaces, honoring the slippery and often happenstance ways people move and immigrate, and the chances they take. The path to community and a sense of place looks less like a well-planned route and more like a constellation of desire lines overlapping over the next, crossing into one another.
Clare Hu is an artist and weaver currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her BFA with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Hu has shown in various group shows including Considering Mass and Density at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY and CONTINUUM at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN. As well as a solo show, Blow/Bellow, at Dream Clinic Project Space in Columbus, OH in 2021. She is a past Hambidge Center fellow and resident at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. In 2022, Hu took part in Alfred University’s inaugural Summer Residency Program and was a Visiting Artist at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC
On display and for purchase in the Art Sales Gallery at the Gibbes Museum of Art from March 3rd through April 16th