Mark Newport


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Textile and skin are intimately connected. While cloth protects skin, either can be cut or torn. Stitches are the means to aid healing. But stitches pierce cloth and skin wounding in an effort to aid healing and minimize scarring. Scars in cloth and skin may reflect the aggression of the initial wound and/or the sensitivity of the person who repaired them. These works begin when I cut a hole into the cloth. The hole is then filled by weaving with needle and thread. Whether the area of repair is immediately visible or camouflaged, mending these holes leaves a scar that speaks of vulnerability, intimacy, and futility. Bio: Mark Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally. It has been recognized by awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation. You can find his work in the collections of: The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cranbrook Art Museum, and The Detroit Institute of Arts. The Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, form and concept in Santa Fe, and the Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, represent his work.