An unshakable sense of magic pervades almost all of Julia Blands laboriously fabricated fiber works in her first solo show at Andrew Rafacz gallery. Cut, stitched, painted, and burned canvases joined with hand-woven textiles hang like tapestries that thrum with entrancing geometric configurations. Even the exhibitions measured title, The Half That Ties, the Half that Breaks, evokes an incantationa sort of ritual poem seeking to resolve seemingly contrary forces.
A self-published work that uses its namesake plant as the linchpin of a sensorial saga. The half-inch-thick publication is part photobook, part sci-fi story, with photographs interspersed with short texts that stitch together a chili-centric and action-packed narrative.