Surface Design Association Textile Talks- 23 September 2020

The Potential of Paper-Fibre Artists, Paper Makers, & Sculptural Forms

Fafnir Adamites-Papermaking: Sculptural Forms & Conceptual Work

Fafnir Adamites (2016) Cryptonyms Exhibit Installation View 1 at Deerfield Academy’s von Auersperg Art Gallery

Through Fafnir Adamites using repetitious processes such as felt making, papermaking and papier-mâché, she engages with and meditates on the concepts such as challenged intuition, personal wayfinding, and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. During her Studio Grant Residency, she expanded her sculpture practice to study making forms cast with pigmented, handmade paper. Such sculptural works act as monuments and reminders of trauma, intuition and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. Embedding meaning in both the materials and the repetitious processes plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece for the artist. Fafnir Adamites stated that she enjoyed exploring ideas of husks, shells, and hollow forms, to challenge herself, the paper to hold onto large-scale forms. The artist connects the material to her concepts through research and counter monuments which are monuments or memorials, a form of legacy for what went before.

Fafnir Adamites (2016) Cryptonyms Exhibit Installation View 1 at Deerfield Academy’s von Auersperg Art Gallery
Left: “An Unavoidable Step in the Process”. 7.5′ x 7.5′ x 7.5′. Paper. Right: “The Unwitting Reception of Someone Else’s Secret II”. 9.5′ x 9.5′ x 9.5′. Paper
Fafnir Adamites (2016) Cryptonyms Exhibit Installation View 1 at Deerfield Academy’s von Auersperg Art Gallery
Background: “Hesitant Moment Between Onset and Completion”. Series of 3 forms each approximately 80″ x 25″ x 30″. Paper. Left: “The Unwitting Reception of Someone Else’s Secret II”. 9.5′ x 9.5′ x 9.5′. Paper. Right: “An Unavoidable Step in the Process”. 7.5′ x 7.5′ x 7.5′. Paper.
Fafnir Adamites (2017) Insight That Accrues, Abaca paper pulp, cotton string variable
Paper sculpture

Paper sculpture

Artist Statement

Using traditional craft processes such as felt making, weaving and papermaking I create sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. The theory that anxieties and traumas are embedded in a person’s DNA and are then passed down to the next generation is a major motivation in my artwork. Using repetitious processes such as felt making allows me to physically engage with and meditate on the concepts I am working with. Material exploration is the starting point for all my work and plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece. There is a Sisyphean element to both the physical labour and the conceptual ideas. Retracing the path of ancestors, repeating personal patterns, physically tracing the words from a written text – acknowledging both my place as a maker within this context and the irresolvable nature of the concepts themselves.

Fafnir Adamites (2015) Husk-Paper (56″x32″x32″) A suggestion of a thing. A reminder of what was once inside. The assurance that the lack of structure does not undermine the whole.
Fafnir Adamites (2015) Fundamental Spaciousness-Paper, Series of 3 forms. Each form 5′ x 5′ x 2.5′
Fafnir Adamites (2016) Dead Reckoning is Subject to Cumulative Errors Paper, MDF panels 16′ x 2′ x 1.5′
Fafnir Adamites (2016) Detail of Dead Reckoning is Subject to Cumulative Errors Paper, MDF panels 16′ x 2′ x 1.5′

According to curator Sarah Freeman, “Adamites’s installation of felted wool and burlap feels overwhelming and potentially suffocating… However, the use of highly tactile materials and repetitive, contemplative techniques allows the work to function as a tool for acknowledging, examining, and making sense of painful memories and experiences, thereby diffusing them.”

Fafnir Adamites (2018) Ambiguous Comfort- Use of Mulberry paper 154″ x 38″ x 60″
Fafnir Adamites (2017) Suspended Echoes From the exhibit “Suspended Echoes” at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA. Five large-scale paper sculptures with sound loops. Each piece approximately 7.5′ x 7.5′ x 7.5
Fafnir Adamites (2019) The Presence of Absence Use of Impressions to Evoke Past Memories 3′ x 3′ x 5″
Fafnir Adamites (2019) Interfere with Handmade felt, burlap, cotton string 12′ x 10′ x .5″
Fafnir Adamites (2019) Errant Approach Used t-shirts, cotton string 10′ x 3′ x .5″

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