My work is informed by intensive textileprocesses, particularly embroidery and loom-based handweaving techniques. Withconcepts drawn from personal research in Queer Theory and the histories offiber arts, my pieces value both intimate meditations on woven structures andvisceral expressions of color and texture. Cloth, such as flags, handkerchiefs,and clothing, has long played an integral part of the LGBTQ+ community as bothcovert signifier, on the one hand, and public expression of identity, on the other.Exploring the connections between queer culture and cloth, I have focused onthe fashion of queer women and femmes-- particularly the stereotype of lesbianswearing plaid flannel shirts. Flannels combine this cultural research with myfascination with the formal qualities of plaids and stripes. Threads and loomcollaborate with my deviant body to create a new order. Lines repeat and intersect to disrupt theprimordial square grid, obscuring and accentuating glitches. Plaid and pilemerge to construct identity as I finger my girlfriend on a shag carpet.
Kira Keck is an Artist-Weaver originally from Columbus, Ohio. Their work is informed by intensive textile processes, particularly embroidery and loom-based handweaving techniques. With concepts drawn from personal research in Queer Theory and the histories of fiber arts, their pieces value both intimate meditations on woven structures and visceral expressions of color and texture. Kira translates their ideas into functional and conceptual objects, bringing art into the everyday.
Kira received a BFA in Fiber in 2016 from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Upon graduation, they were awarded a Windgate Fellowship which allowed them to explore weaving pedagogy and establish a weaving studio. In 2018, they were an artist in residence at Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms in Long Beach, CA and at Fabric of Life in Shelburne Falls, MA. They have exhibited throughout the United States. They currently live and work in Pontiac, MI as they pursue their MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art.