In my review of the “Danforth Annual Juried Exhibition 2022” that runs through September 18 at the Danforth at Framingham State University in our September/October issue, I mentioned that it feels like “at least a dozen smaller shows thanks to the assemblage of the works, either right next to each other or in approximate view,” and that included a selection of fiber artworks. One that especially caught my attention, after a long summer of work in the backyard in which I had gotten to know each leaf and stem of each vegetable, was the finally detailed “Meadows — The Gardening — Revolution” piece by Liliana Folta that was made from repurposed textiles, found objects and ceramic pieces.
I wasn’t able to fit her email responses to questions I had about Folta’s work into the article, so I’m happy to share them here:
YOU MADE THE WORK IN 2021; WAS IT SOMETHING THAT THE SOLITUDE OF COVID ALLOWED YOU THE TIME TO MAKE IT?
Yes, it was made during the pandemic. Having the studio at home was convenient.
WERE YOU TRYING TO REPLICATE A NEARBY MEADOW?
During the spring of 2021 I was inspired by an organization that makes meadows for biodiversity. I joined the opportunity to research and learn about the importance of planting native plants for pollinators, so they can continue the natural process of the ecosystem.
TELL ME ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE PIECE AND THE MATERIAL THAT YOU USED FOR IT. IT LOOKED TO ME THAT IT TOOK A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TO CONSTRUCT.
This experience took place in my practice, although I do not work with textiles as my first choice of medium, I like to reused and recycled materials for my works, especially installations and sculptures. I decided to rummage through my closet, most of the textiles came from my own clothes, others from people who donated them.
The process took three months. I had no plan or sketch.
It was something like an obsession that flowed; then looking for more elements in the studio I found objects that I bought at flea markets, handmade ceramic pieces that I made for other projects, painted them and embellished them with genuine stones.
To learn more about Liliana Folta’s artwork, visit lilianafolta.com.
(Danforth Annual Juried Exhibition 2022 continues through September 18 at the Danforth Museum at Framingham State University, 14 Vernon Street on the Framingham Center Common, Framingham, Massachusetts. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit danforth.framingham.edu.)