January 2021

The More I Think About It,
The More It Hurts

Dre McLeod and Kathryn Shinko

Opening Reception · Friday, January 8
Virtual – 6p

IRL – 7-10p 
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Virtual Artist Talk
Saturday, February 13, 1p on Facebook and YouTube

Gallery Open Hours 12-3p

About Dre McLeod


As an artist, I have been specializing in textile-based 2D work bridging traditional quilting methods from my upbringing in Appalachia with contemporary practices and subject matter. For the past few years, I have been focused on blending representational and abstract symbolism while utilizing a keen eye for color and form. A primary focus has been the use of repurposed or recycled materials.


My work is a constant practice in therapy for neurosis and this year has me thinking about Control. This particular body of work is my way of processing events that are out of my control. My goal is to relinquish the desire to control the external world and instead focus on my response to and perception of the world around me. The idea of control is symbolized by smoke and the sometimes impossible interaction of forms.

About Kathryn Shinko


Kathryn Shinko is a contemporary fiber artist based in Ohio. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Akron in 2011 and her MFA in Textiles at Kent State University in 2015. Her work has been shown throughout the United States including the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
(Santa Ana, CA), the Center for Sex and Culture (San Francisco, CA), the Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, IN), the Erie Art Museum (Erie, PA), the Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), the Ohio Craft Museum (Columbus, OH), and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
(Novato, CA). In 2016 she received an Honorable Mention for the Surface Design Association’s Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence and was published in the Winter 2016 Issue of the Surface Design Association Journal. In 2017, she was nominated for the American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award. She is represented by the (Not) Sheep Gallery in Columbus, OH.


I use traditional fiber art techniques like hand embroidery, latch-hooking, and weaving to confront uncomfortable social and psychological issues – particularly those involving sex, power, politics, physical pain, and the human body. Provocative statements – gleaned from sources as personal as text messages to as public as streaming video titles from pornographic websites – combine with lurid colors, disorienting patterns, and disturbing imagery using familiar materials: cloth, thread, paper, and yarn. Approaching such subjects through the innocuous, ubiquitous, and sensuous aspect of textiles creates a jarring contrast that begets a lasting unease. The psychological energy present in the nature of cloth constantly seduces me and I find it easiest to visually communicate through meticulously manipulating fibers. My goal is to examine our collective and common understandings of these issues – and either revise or reaffirm them.


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