The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presents “Now The Once,” a solo exhibition by SCAD Faculty Emerita Pamela Wiley. The exhibition showcases Wiley’s latest body of work which transcends the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking. Employing the language of textiles as form and process, these works are dimensionally stitched drawings, where linear planes dissolve and negative spaces resonate from the surface, inviting us to consider the power of the line and its impact on perception.
Both mathematical and intuitive, Wiley’s stitches act as metaphors connecting and bisecting and creating a physical and psychological depth. These sculptural fiber pieces reference textiles, physics, and infinite space and are intrinsically punctuated by recording time and experience. By both elevating and deconstructing the heralded tradition of quilting, Wiley redefines heirloom textile techniques into a contemporary context.
Based in coastal Georgia on Tybee Island, Wiley is heavily influenced by her natural surroundings. Recently retired from 24 years of teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design in the Fibers Department, she pursues her love of all things textile-based and thread-enhanced while investigating the social, cultural, and personal potential of cloth.
This exhibition is curated by guest curator Susan A. Laney.