Kim Svoboda for TSGNY
Textile Study Group of New York's monthly speaker's program. Guest speaker this month is Irish-born artist Barbara MacCallum who uses the scientific papers of her husband, Robert Johnson, an engineering professor at the University of Virginia, as well as casts of his body, to create beautiful, powerful, and provocative works of art. TSGNY members free. $15 fee for guests.
Artist Statement: In a society that places science above art in its educational systems, its financial rewards and its methods of recognition, I am reversing the relationship by appropriating the materials of science, obliterating their usual function and reconfiguring science into art. My work has evolved through a collaborative relationship with my husband who is a physicist; I cast his body and recycle his published papers giving a new existence to the detritus of science.