Dee Clements in The Buzz!
Dee Clements’ first solo show at Miami’s Nina Johnson gallery features new, large-scale woven baskets and sculptural works that reflect the Chicago-based artist’s decades-long fascination with craft and ethnography. The result of years of research into paleolithic weaving traditions, Clements’ work examines the societal roles to which women have been relegated, recontextualizing and honoring crafts that have historically been deemed “women’s work.”
As Clements explains: “Craft reveals rich connections between people, materials, objects and culture…I use basketry to combine all the elements of my 25-year practice; painting, sculpture, ceramics, furniture making and weaving to create three-dimensional forms that reference female bodies and experiences.” On view through July 29
“This new body of work explores craft through lenses of feminism, ethnography and patriarchy, emphasizing the unseen labor of women. I am beyond thrilled to be showing it with Nina Johnson, who I admire and respect as a woman, gallerist, collector, and mentor.” —Dee Clements, designer