Ms. Melancholy reception
- Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
- Strand Union Building, The Exit Gallery - view map
Diagnosed with several mental illnesses six months after graduating from Montana State University, Kelsey Weyerbacher found herself an artistic feminist living in conservative Eastern Montana. From that space was born Ms. Melancholy, a fabric arts series utilizing the historically domestic arts of quilting, embroidery, and more to communicate her emotional state in a place where she felt an outsider following the election of President Trump.
With layers of women, landscapes, words, and other items, Weyerbacher constructs wall hangings and wearable art in the form of jean jackets to express her thoughts, feelings, opinions, and frustrations, choosing to manifest them in a tangible state in form of therapy, rather than internalizing them in a destructive manner. Highlighted throughout are collages made from digital images printed on cotton fabric, as well as other patterns of fabric collected to represent the style of each piece, accented with buttons, pins, patches, safety pins, velvet ribbon, and other materials.
Ms. Melancholy is intended to promote conversation surrounding mental health in particular, as Montana’s suicide rates continue to climb and our resources for those living with mental illness fail to improve. The artist advocates for public awareness and self-care, encouraging each of us to find positive outlets to communicate our inner struggles.
- ASMSU Arts and Exhibits