On view through February 14, 2017
Olympia is proud to present Home Sewn, a dual-exhibition that explores the recent works ofquilter Bailey Raha and painter Minaa Mohsin. Both artists invoke the power of memory and tradition to inform their practices. Acknowledging the home as a place for artistry, these young women reimagine where creativity can manifest and how the new carries what came before.
Bailey Raha is a quilter living and working in Northwestern Connecticut. She began quilting shortly after her graduation from Mount Holyoke College where she earned her degree in Studio Art. When she isn’t quilting, Bailey can be found hiking and enjoying the beauty of the Berkshires.
Deconstruct, dye, piece, stitch, repeat. I make one of a kind quilts from secondhand clothing and naturally dyed fabrics. Each piece is handmade. Women began making quilts with any bits of material available to them. Whether it was flour sacks or worn overalls, no bit of fabric was wasted. Incorporating secondhand clothing and linens into my work has become a way for me to honor this tradition of resourcefulness. I have begun to introduce new colors through experimenting with natural dyes. I am drawn to simple, traditional patterns, but also enjoy a more improvisational approach.
Minaa Mohsin received her BFA from National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited in galleries across Pakistan and has been a part of several group shows in the United States. Minaa currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
I attempt to explore the realm of the aspiring bourgeoisie by using the memory of my parents’ house in which I was raised. The paintings glorify common decorative motifs and household objects that become cherished members of the family. These objects, often ignored but ubiquitous in our daily lives, have the power to animate our personal mythologies and conjure characters in themselves.
Olympia is a curatorial collective established in 2015 to increase representation of gender-marginalized artists in the fine arts. Olympia has held eight exhibitions across the northeast and represents over 40 artists nationwide. Home Sewn is our downtown New York debut!