ARTIST STATEMENT

My love of textiles began early and has continued as a life-long resource. As a naive 17 year old I went off to Paris for a weekend as a Mademoiselle Magazine college competition fashion winner. My interest in fashion continued to grow starting out as a textile designer before becoming a full time artist. The joy of pattern informed my vision from very early on.

The move from the east coast to the west coast 15 years ago had an unexpected impact on me. This new freedom included world travel and I began taking pictures with a camera. Without realizing it I was creating a context for my work yet to come.

Soon I began re-arranging and cropping my photos and finally printing on transparencies in repeat patterns I made on the computer. The shapes of my early image composites took the form of large squares and dresses. Later on image fragments were pieced together into fantastical things like Insects and Greek Vases arranged as installations on the wall. In my most recent work, I am creating wire forms and filling in the spaces with my imagery to create whole objects.

My love of the handmade made the needle the natural tool to pull the pieces together. I left the threads hanging as evidence of the process. I arrange them slightly off the wall with straight pins to permit shadows to interact with the forms. From a distance the work appears as abstract compositions. Upon closer inspection segments carry recognizable imagery.

My work is about transformation. I am interested in reconfiguring shapes and patterns in repeat on a transparent material that interacts with light to create a unique visual experience.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
Haystack School, Deer Isle, Maine
Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, N.Y.
Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Layton, New Jersey
Anderson Ranch, Aspen Colorado

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

“The Other Art Fair”,Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA
“Photo Independent”, The Reef, DTLA, CA
“The Other Art Fair”, The Majestic, DTLA, CA

2016

“Looking Back, Moving Forward”, NCJW/LA, LA, CA

2012

“Dress Code”, Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, CA
“Hybrid Dress Series”, Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City, N.J.

2009

“Stitches”, Project_210, Pasadena, CA
“Re-Addressing the Dress”, Gallery 825, LA, CA
“Juried Group Solo Exhibition”, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

GROUP MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2019

“Natural Attraction”, Source Art, Pasadena Showcase House, Pasadena CA
“Art of the Dress”, curated by Georganne Alex, Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, Solvang, CA
“Dress Rehearsal”, curated by Kate Stern, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

2017

“Taking Wing”, Neutra Gallery and Institute, LA, CA
“California Sculpture SLAM”, San Luis Obispo Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA

2014-2015

Traveling Exhibition: “California Dreaming” il Palazzo della Provincia, Italy (October 4-28th, 2014), Oceanside Museum of Art,
Oceanside, CA (December 6th, 2014 – March 29, 2015), Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA (April 21- July 5, 2015)

2013

“SLAM 2013”, San Luis Obispo Art Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
“Celebrate the Journey”, A+D Architecture/Design Museum, LA, CA
“Incognito 2013”, Santa Monica Art Museum, Santa Monica, CA

2012

“Come in les femme”, A+D Architecture/Design Museum, LA,CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

“Materiality and Method”, Pretty/Smart, Long Beach, CA
“Fantastic Voyage”, Gallery 800, NoHo, CA
“Transformations” curated by Daniela Lieja, Santa Monica, CA
“The Local Seen”, curated by Stacey Abarbanel, Laemmle Monica, Santa Monica, CA
“The Uncommon Apron”, curated by Gail M. Brown, Peter’s ValleySchoolof Crafts, Layton, New Jersey.

2018

“Bread and Salt”, curated by Anne Hromadka, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA

2017

“Ink and Clay 43”, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA
“Converge/Convene”, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego CA
“lacda Top 40 International Exhibition”, LA, CA
“Pasadena Showcase House”, Pasadena CA

2016

“Venice Silent Auction”, Google Headquarters, Venice, CA
“Fiber Art International 2016”, Pittsburg PA.

2015

“MAS ATTACK”, Santa Monica, CA
“The Threads that Bind, A Cultural Experience”, Platt Borstein Gallery, American Jewish University, LA, CA

2014

“Photo+Craft”, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria Oregon
“17th Annual No Dead Artists”, Johnathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, GA
“Second Nature”, Pitzhanger Manor at Walpole Park, London, England

2013

“after image the photographic process(ed)” invitational, Cerritos College Gallery, Cerritos, CA
“Network-C.A.R. contemporary art ruhr”, Zaha, Museum, Seoul, Korea
“C.A.R.” Contemporary Art Ruhr”, Zollverein World Heritage Site, Essen, Germany

2012

“5 x 5” an Invitational”, Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
“AFTA4JAPAN”, Royal T Gallery, Culver City, CA
“Create/Fixate”, Premiere Events Center, LA, CA
“No Mirrors”, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Flag Stop”, invitational art event in PODS, Torrance, CA

2011

“Mannequin Collective”, 100 Mannequins by Artists”, Santa Monica, CA
“Deconstructed Applications”, LA Municipal Gallery, LA, CA

2010

“Unwearables” Dept. of Cultural Affairs, LAX Airport, LA, CA
“LA Juried Exhibition 2010”, LA Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA
“International Mail Art Exhibition”, Armory Art Center, Pasadena, CA
“Tower Show”, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
“Art of Knowledge”, Zimmer Children’s Museum, LA, CA

AWARDS AND PRIZES

Art in Embassies- (2017- 2019) U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Greece

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018

“The Other Art Fair”, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA
“Photo Independent”, The Reef, DTLA, CA
“The Other Art Fair”, The Majestic, DTLA, CA

2013

“Photolucida”, portfolio review, Portland, Oregon

2012

“PhotoFest”, portfolio review, Houston, Texas

2011

“Photo Alliance”, portfolio review, San Francisco, CA

PUBLISHED / TEXTS

2019

Modern Luxury San Diego
https://mlsandiegomag.com/an-oceanside-museum-of-art-exhibition-takes-fashion-to-a-new-level
https://artfulamphora.com/2019/09/women-around-town-september-2019
https://textileartsla.org/events/2019/7/27/dress-rehearsal
https://www.lajollalight.com/art/story/2019-10-23/oceanside-museum-of-art

Fantastic Voyage
https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/ADG-Gallery-800-Presents-Fantastic-Voyage-20190820
https://adg.org/events/128-fantastic-voyage-a-sci-fi-fantasy-themed-show/

 
Local Seen
 
Dress Rehearsal
 
 

2018

Textile Art Clothing
https://x2xclothing.co.uk/textile-art-clothing.html

Hand/Eye Magazine online
http://handeyemagazine.com/content/internal-dialogue

BLOG: Ponder and Dream
https://www.ponderanddream.com/art-santa-monica-airport-artwalk-2018/

Santa Monica Mirror
https://smmirror.com/2018/04/art-senses-look-12th-annual-santa-monica-airport-artwalk/

2017

Schiffer Publishing’s- Artistry in Fiber: Wall Art and Artistry in Fiber: Sculpture, Spring/Summer catalog and scheduled for release late in summer of 2017. See http://www.schifferbooks.com/artistry-in-fiber-vol-1-wall-art-6213.html and http://www.schifferbooks.com/artistry-in-fiber-vol-2-sculpture-6232.html

Jane Cafin Blog “Offramp”: Red Exhibition 2017
http://www.janechafin.com/Exhibitions/RED/REDexhibition2.html

2016

Textielplus Magazine
https://gwensamuels.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/TXP-237-Blikvangers.pdf

2015

Gwen Samuels: Visual Seamstress- Studio Visit LA – Jan. 2015
http://www.studiovisit.la/artists/gwensamuels

2013

“Western Art and Architecture”
http://westernartandarchitecture.com/Article/ones-to-watch-gwen-samuels1

2012

Artweek.LA
http://artweek.la/issue/november-5-2012/article/after-image-the-photographic-process-ed
http://artweek.la/issue/july-9-2012/article/gwen-samuels-sew-what

Wearable Art Blog- July 15, 2012 http://www.wearableartblog.com/.services/blog/6a00e54fd5676f883400e54fc2365a8833/search?filter.q=gwen+samuels

Standard Magazine: July 2012 (Early Summer: issue 11)

The Magic Eye Effect
https://issuu.com/standardmag/docs/issue11online/66