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‘Weavings of Love’ To Be on Display at UW Art Museum

April 7, 2022
woven wall hanging
Anne Samat’s “No Place for Beginners or Sensitive Heart” is among works from the exhibition “Anne Samat: Weavings of Love” that will be on view April 9-Aug. 27 at the UW Art Museum. (Marc Straus Gallery Photo)

A new exhibition at the University of Wyoming Art Museum will feature 11 sculptural representations of love.  

“Anne Samat: Weavings of Love” presents colorful totemic wall sculptures made with everyday materials. The exhibition will open Saturday, April 9, and will be on view through Saturday, Aug. 27.

Malaysian artist Samat’s work is deeply informed by Malaysian culture, with a contemporary sensibility for color, texture and form. Samat combines traditional Pua Kumbu weaving -- an art form she studied formally at the Mara Institute of Technology in Malaysia -- with the familiar accoutrements of modern life such as rakes and silverware. Her works are a material union of fiber and metal, and a metaphoric union of tradition and modernity.

Central to her practice is the concept of love. Each sculpture is imbued with the memory of and love for a friend or family member. When viewed collectively, the anthropomorphology becomes more evident. According to Samat, images of these works do not do them justice; rather, “you have to witness (them).”

The exhibition is funded through the Susan Moldenhauer FUNd for Contemporary Art, Genesis Alkali, Wyoming Public Media and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.

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The UW Art Museum exhibits, preserves and interprets visual culture from around the world to engage academic, local, state, national and global communities. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 E. Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday hours are extended to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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