Fafnir Adamites

Using feltmaking and other traditional craft processes, Fafnir Adamites create sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. The theory that anxieties and traumas are embedded in a person’s DNA and are then passed down to the next generation is a major motivation in her artwork.
Using repetitious processes such as feltmaking allows Fafnir to physically engage with and meditate on the concepts she is working with. Material exploration is the starting point for all of her work and plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece. There is a Sisyphean element to both the physical labor and the conceptual ideas. Retracing the path of ancestors, repeating personal patterns, physically tracing the words from a written text – acknowledging both her place as a maker within this context and the irresolvable nature of the concepts themselves. Fafnir holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. She teaches at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and at The Academy at Charlemont. Fafnir lives in Turners Falls, MA.

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