Opening: Sunday, April 16 from 3pm to 5pm
When We Are They Are usFor this work, women created each strand of this installation from a variety of materials to represent a woman’s fertility. These teenagers, young women, middle-aged mothers, and grandmothers offered their time, effort, and thoughts about their bodies and their choices. Crochet was chosen as the fiber technique for this piece because of its universality and way of connecting women across generations. Just as many of us know someone who has crocheted, we also know someone who has experienced a challenging choice related to their fecundity.
Kristina Penhoet, originally from Oregon, began working with fiber and textiles as a small child, learning to crochet and sew during her summer visits to her grandparent’s farm on an island in the Pacific Northwest. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology, she attended Otis College of Art and Design, concentrating on sculpture and environmental design, and received a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. She worked in film production, stage design and architecture prior to rediscovering fiber as a medium. In addition to national and international group shows, her work has been shown at the Phillips Collection, the Delaplaine Arts Center, and galleries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Freight Gallery is an artist-run micro-gallery in a 1925 Hollister Whitney freight elevator in Washington, DC. The space is 75 inches wide, 95 inches high, and 85 inches deep–a perfect container for displaying sculpture and small installations. Its mission is to create more opportunities for artists.
The gallery is located at 2414 Douglas Street, NE in Washington, DC. There is plenty of street parking, although you may have to park a block or two away. Please text (202) 276-5430 if you need parking accommodations. Enter on the side of the building through the loading dock.