Karri Dieken
The artwork of Black Hills State University art instructor Karri Dieken is currently featured in an exhibit in Lawrence, Mass., titled “Down to Sleep.”

The show which runs through April 12 is at the Chester F. Sidell Gallery in Lawrence’s Essex Art Center. The exhibit focuses on the bed, with its soft sheets and pillows, as a location for many of life’s emotions. 

“The bed is a powerful locale in our daily life – with most of us beginning and ending our day here,” according to curator Joetta Maue. “As a metaphor we can experience all the most significant emotions of human life in this one simple place of our daily life. This exhibit is work that explores this liminal space with contemporary fiber practices.”

Art instructor Karri Dieken's installation "Counting Sheep" is currently on exhibit at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, Mass.
Dieken’s installation “Counting Sheep,” is composed of images that are hand drawn and translated onto cotton using serigraph printing. The printed fabric is hand cut into traditional quilt patterns and hand quilted. Each of Dieken’s installations is almost completely handmade, a craft that is becoming obsolete in today’s society.

“The development of my work involves handcrafted labor intensive processes, molding, sewing, printing, as passed down through generations,” Dieken said. “I am interested in the contrast between my upbringings within an environment of handmade ‘quality’ and the transition of my current way of life within a readymade society of mass production.”

For more information on the exhibit go to http://essexartcenter.com/gallery/sidell