Artist: Caryn Aasness
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Caryn Aasness is a student at the California State University of Long Beach. She is a senior who is actually in her fourth and a half year. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts as a Fiber major. In Caryn’s gallery, you will notice many of her works are done by weaving. Caryn’s grandma actually taught her how to sew and do the textiles that she did in the pieces within her gallery. With that, Caryn actually learned how to weave around 2 years ago. With knowledge that she gained from her grandmother and experience, Caryn was able to create a beautiful gallery that students can appreciate and interpret in their own ways.
Caryn’s gallery seems to consist of many different blankets created through weaving. There are many different ones hung up all across the room on the different walls. The one in the middle wall has a quote on it that says, “To call something cute is to misunderstand.” All of her works have many different colors and are very fascinating to look at. On the side of each work is also a little piece of paper that says to decode it. Each one of these papers has a little message on it that one has to solve and figure out. Her artist statement was also very unique, as it wasn’t just an essay that was typed out. It was something that looked like she made it herself. On it, there were even pathways that one could take to decipher their own meaning to her gallery.
Caryn was originally very interested in textiles, which caused her to want to learn how to weave 2 years ago. On her textiles, there were 26 colors, each representing a letter of the alphabet. She used the quote, “To call something cute is to misunderstand,” because she wanted to send a message to others. She wanted people to get comfortable to the idea of weaving. She also wanted people to walk in and know that there is more than just weaving in her gallery. Caryn describes herself as being very patient with certain things, but making her works for this gallery made her very impatient. Despite this, she still enjoyed it because it was time consuming. To her, the length of her works doesn’t matter as well. She actually said that the longer works took less time to make than the shorter ones in her gallery.
I found Caryn’s gallery to be the most interesting one that I went to today. I really enjoyed looking at all of her works and I had a lot of fun decoding her messages. I also like how simple the weaving was. I know that it is very difficult to actually weave, but the creation is something that just looks very simple. I happen to like simple things, so this was right up my alleyway. In my opinion, weaving seems like a really cool skill to have as well. I feel that a lot of people do not know how to weave, so it just makes it more special for the people who do know how to. Caryn’s colors were also very vibrant and appealing to the eye. I think that was one reason why I found it as enjoyable as I did. Overall, Caryn is able to not only weave art, but her own message into her works. With this, we are all able to appreciate the beauty and message of her gallery.