blooming flower, chaos of love is a series of site-specific shrines, resting places, and magical nooks created by Connie and (pronounced xin) Collective. The fleeting arrangements offer space for reflections concerning the multifaceted nature of selfhood, complex bonds built through collective efforts and failures, and the contradictory extremes of love as it is experienced in everyday life.
The artists explore the coexistence of beauty and chaos by examining the challenging nature of life, full of unexpected change that can just as likely lead to pain or joy. How do we grapple with the unpredictability of life? Is there order to chaos or reason in pain? Or perhaps, beauty can be discovered in any darkness…
Like an intricate pattern loosely followed, with threads out of arrangement, life can feel out of sequence. Yet in the open weaves, where warp is seen and our vulnerabilities exposed, space is created, a new path is found, and light filters through.
blooming flower, chaos of love is also a rumination on long-distance connectivity. Space allows for breath and perspective, yet distance brings pain and longing. Despite the members of Collective living thousands of miles apart, the threads of collective care and like-mindedness bind them together. The artists combine handmade weavings whose patterns have been bent and broken, knitted textiles that count and recount time, and sound dialogues to conjure distant and strange feelings within an intimate and transportive experience for visitors.
a set of threads, woven but unraveling, spiraling open as a flower does at the breaking of the day.
Connie Fu is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of weaving and sound. She studied weaving with Mariá Davilá and Eduardo Portillo at Penland School of Craft and subsequently moved to Cleveland to further her studies and community work at Praxis Fiber Workshop. In 2021, she was a resident at Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, WA, where she immersed herself deeply in a series of weavings and music. She is also a OneBeat fellow, and in 2022 she attended a 3-week residency in Taos and Albuquerque celebrating the program’s tenth anniversary. She currently resides in Seattle, where she is part of SOIL, an artist-run cooperative gallery, and performs and releases electronic music as Enereph.
Fu’s work has been exhibited at venues including the Station Museum of Contemporary Art (Houston), Maelstrom Collaborative Arts (Cleveland), Cherry Street Pier (Philadelphia), FiveMyles (Brooklyn), The Chautauqua Institution (New York), and La MaMa Theatre (New York). She is the recipient of fellowship awards from Ox-Bow School of Art and Vermont Studio Center, and holds an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BA in Art History from Harvard University.
Collective is comprised of Connie Fu, Petra Brown, and Anna Routson. The trio met in Cleveland and create collaborative textile works reflecting the trajectory of their kinship.
More about Connie Fu here.
Connie Fu is a recipient of The Sculpture Center’s Revealed Early Career Exhibition Series.