Exhibit: Adele Mattern "Jet Lag Go-Go"

January 29—February 21, 2013, Sun/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri

Hampden Gallery

UMass Amherst Campus

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Free admission
Anne LaPrade Seuthe

Hampden Gallery Incubator Project Space is delighted to announce the opening of


Jet Lag Go-Go offers a space of integration, a space created from an accumulation of attempts at connection and engagement. Drawing, textile and pattern collide with documentary evidence to form a hybrid landscape of place and self.

Adele Mattern is a visual artist working in a wide range of mediums. After a number of years as a clothing designer for major retailers in NY and Boston, she returned to school to earn an MFA in sculpture at the Ohio State University in 2008.  Her art practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, installation and fiber, but often thrives in the gaps between mediums.

Adele has recently shown work at the Strong House Museum as part of the Amherst Biennial, Oxbow Gallery and Smith College (Northampton MA), Porter Phelps Huntingdon House Museum (Hadley, MA), Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA), RoyGBiv (Columbus, OH), University of West Florida, The Borderlands State Park (Sharon, MA), Gallery RFD in Georgia, Renaissance Center (Dickson, TN) and the Photography Center in Minneapolis, MN.  Her public art project “Patterning the Space Between” is on permanent view in the High Street Tunnel in Columbus, OH.

 In 2006 she was a guest presenter at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis, in 2009 Hand/Eye Magazine featured Adele’s embroidered newspaper project, NewFeed Mumbai, a collaboration among her and 180 women in Mumbai. Adele has recently been nominated for the Lillian Elliott prize for excellence in fiber, and she is a consultant for Artists in Context.

Adele lives and works in Northampton, MA

Artist's Statement:

“The Captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign indicating our initial descent into Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai.”

Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan writes in Place, Art, Self, " “If I had never left my hometown in humid eastern China, I would never have known my desert personality".…”

We can probably all construct a version of this statement, recalling that place to which we have traveled, so different--perhaps completely opposite in culture or climate--from home, a place from which we come to know a different side of ourselves. For me, this place is hot, chaotic, fiercely dense, color-saturated Mumbai, India, to which I travel twice a year.

My Mumbai personality embraces improvisation. Mumbai teaches provisionality as resilience, finding order from disparate components. Working there, making there, I engage with materials, with time, with life itself. I am oddly at home in my Mumbai personality.

And yet, I remain a stranger there. There is a lag: a sense of being out of synchronization, beyond the simultaneously sluggish and frenetic physical experience of jet lag. My natural patterns are upset, no longer corresponding to the environment or each other. Friends and family are thousands of miles away, and new connections must be established.

Hampden Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1-6 pm, Sundays 2-5 pm

Reception: Sunday, February 10, 2-4pm