This piece was the culmination of Eli’s first semester in the MFA in Applied Craft + Design program in fall 2018. In this piece he is using the action of felting to build a multi functional interior felted landscapes, or “feltscapes”. This particular feltscape combines traditionally separate entities, wall-hanging, stool and rug, into a continuous surface that allows for a variety of engagements with the body. The viewer is invited to sit on the stump, feel the rug beneath their feet and immerse themselves in the the wall- hanging. The felting techniques used in this piece arise from a series of semester long material investigations. The desire to build soft and structural forms as well as to work with the Alpaca fibers and rug yarn he had on hand drove him to investigate techniques for incorporating structure into felted pieces. The structural felting techniques used here include blending fibers from different breeds of animals, using three dimensional felting techniques, and incorporating hard non fiber structural components. Felting is the art of entanglement which blends intentionality and creative chance. Through fiber and the action of felting the interior environment can be reimagined to create immersive functional spaces, and welcome permanent livable installations into daily life that embody a complete textural experience. As these pieces are interacted with they will continue the process of felting, shifting and changing with their surroundings.
A small collection of recent murals by Eli West.
Part of the permenant collection at Bird TLC (Teaching and Learning Center) in Anchorage, Alasaka. 2018
Pieces made at varying points in my career that have an emphasis on utility.
A solo exhibition focused on Fowl at Next Gallery, 2018.
Solo Show at NEXT Gallery 2017
A series from 2017-2018
Series from 2015-16.
Solo exhibition at Next Gallery, 2016.
As a curator Eli West brings together artists from a variety of disciplines to create unique visual experiences. He has curated shows with Next Gallery (CO), The Meadow Arts Place (CO) and Olympia Artist Network (WA). Most recently he was the 2018 curator in residence for Annex:Art (NM) where he curated two exhibitions ‘Same Same’ and ‘Form on Form’.
This is Eli West’s senior piece for his undergraduate degree at the Evergreen State College. In his final year he discovered a true passion for felting, drawn into the way it blends sustainable elements, tactile sensations and scuptural potential. This piece is a large anatomical bottom that holds zines and other booklets. The text reads, ‘I felt the revoloution’. It is a lilttle cheeky but was a strong starting point for his further investigations into fiber and felting. The piece currently resides at the OB Template in Ocean Beach, California with some of the artists from ‘The Craft Haus’ a collective, which he was a member of during undergad.