Latent Fibers















Tampa, FL (Jan. 11 – 22, 2016)

Latent Fibers an installation by Donna Mason Sweigart reflecting on beauty and processed violence.

This solo exhibition/installation comprised of lamps with 3D modeled ABS plastic pictorial and textured shades, video projection and salt installation.  The landscape references an expansive salt lake and pervasive light, challenging one to see the duality of beauty and violence.


Latent Fibers: a memento of the distraction or diversion that is posited on us like blankets; we choose recognition and sight as the reluctant rising on a cold morning.  Fenestral objects of illumination, these latent works hold potential for both beauty and violence.  These works originate from the reminder of violence which is effortless for us to ignore.   Brutality is revealed in patterns which untidily spill over borders.


Imagery predominantly sources  textiles; specifically Afghan patterns, Afghan war rugs, and Mexican Indigenous patterns, as a significant acknowledgement of women being past and present the primary composers of textile and its voice.  These pieces are tributes to the power of women and the tone of strength and subtleness as well as a lesson or a reminder of our responsibility to regard this violence, to not be distracted by digital and cosmetic pursuits, but to recognize, mourn, translate and create.  Representation of creation is manifested in the sound of the measured rhythmic pattern of the traditional loom.


Two locations with stark beauty are noted.   Places in which below the immense quiet we feel a mire of hostility. Muscovite isinglass protects us from the light and heat of the kiln.


Concern lies with an accentuation of purity of form, slipping through time to acknowledge our dowry of sublime beauty and violence.


Donna Mason Sweigart, an Associate Professor of Art & Design at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, earned her MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM/RP from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  Her work has appeared in the books Art Jewelry Today 2 and 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs.


Donna’s works range from functional object installation to large scale body adornment/fashion.  She uses both traditional methods of fabrication and computer-aided-design/rapid prototyping to accomplish her works. She often creates collaborative works with her husband painter Thomas Murray.


Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show Jan. 11th from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on the first Friday of the show, Jan 15th from 7-9 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.


Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466



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