Gallery Openings and Events

Arlington Arts Center Presents Wired by Michele Colburn

Michele Colburn, The Tripwire Project, The White House. 2014-2015. Courtesy of AAC.

Michele Colburn, The Tripwire Project, The White House. 2014-2015. Courtesy of AAC.

.

In the exhibition Wired, Resident Artist Michele Colburn explores the impact of war and violence on culture. Her interest is reflected in the use of materials, gunpowder, trip wire, military themed fabric, and in the underlying concepts revealed in the work.

Colburn’s large-scale work, The Trip Wire Project, 2014-2015, implores viewers to consider the impact that the 14-year engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan has had on the people and the culture of those countries involved.

This ongoing project, created from surplus military trip wire, shows Colburn knitting a stitch for each lost life of U.S. soldiers and noncombatant civilians, and a stitch for each injured U.S. soldier.

By giving the oft-dismissed statistics of war a visual and concrete presence, Colburn’s works ask us to contemplate how our lives are touched by war and violence on a daily basis. The Trip Wire Project is supported in part by the generosity of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

Colburn’s Teddy Bear series points to the influence of military and violence in consumer goods. What on the surface appears as an innocent toy for children, upon closer inspection reveals a militaristic fabric, highlighting both the violent act out of which the Teddy Bear was created, along with the way violence becomes embedded in American consumerism.

Colburn was born and raised in Washington, DC. Her work has been exhibited in DC and its environs, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles. She earned a BA in Art History from Franklin and Marshall College, a GCAT, Art Education Certification, and an MFA from American University. Colburn is an adjunct art instructor for American University. Wired marks her second solo show in the Washington, DC area. The first, War Paths, was shown earlier this year at the Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art gallery.

Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA. For more information visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

.

.

.

.