a Member

Jennifer Lee Wiebe

October 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022

Jen Wiebe explores themes of language, globalization, and hegemony through the settler lens of dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.  Jen is a senior faculty member for the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and the studio head for the exciting new international Foundation Visual Arts Online diploma program. 


The hashtag is an international signifier, a short-hand symbol which transcends barriers of language and links images, concepts and ideas across social media platforms.  Words in English currently dominate the top trending internationally shared hashtags - a list that changes daily and serves as a metric for English as a lingua franca.  #HEGMONY contrasts this current cultural phenomenon with handwork on vintage reproduction needlepoint works, pairing each image with a hashtag derived from the changing list of top 500 hashtags. The series exists as a “salon style” presentation of physical works, and simultaneously as digital media once the documented interventions are reposted using #HEGEMONY on social media platforms.  

Contemporary use of textiles in visual culture has brought a renaissance and relevance to the media, often with objectives that subvert the original associations we have with handwork: a  pastime for girls and women, frivolous or utilitarian in nature. With help from a growing list of artist/makers, the goal is to have twenty or more completed works framed for a salon-style hanging, with additional works completed during the residency period with help from visitors to the artist in residency space.  Each work is a multi-layered collaboration: the original source for the image (often sourced from the canon of western visual culture), the mass-produced version sold as a hobby kit, the unknown hobbyist who completed the needlepoint, the intervention with the contemporary  hashtag added to the work by hand, and finally the viewer. The project draws a parallel between the handmade stitch and the pixel: the works exist materially as physical objects and simultaneously as unique digital files.

Please join artist in residence Jennifer Lee Wiebe and a team of collaborators working with the tropes of western art history’s most familiar subjects in flea market needlepoints. This salon-style collection reflects both secular and religious imagery: portraits, landscapes, and still-life in a pairing with trending hashtags on social media.

Days and times in studio:

October 1: 12 – 5 PM

October 2: 12 – 5 PM

October 4: 10 – 5 PM

October 5: 10 – 5 PM

October 6: 10 – 4, 6 – 8:30 PM

October 12: 10 – 5 PM

October 13: 10 – 4 PM, 6 – 8:30 PM

October 14: 10 – 4 PM, 6 – 8:30 PM

October 15: 10 – 5 PM

October 16: 10 – 5 PM

October 18: 10 – 5 PM

October 19: 10 – 5 PM

October 20: 3 – 7 PM

October 21: 10 – 5 PM

October 22: 12 – 5 PM

October 23: 12 – 5 PM

October 25: 10 – 5 PM

October 26: 10 – 5 PM

October 27: 6 – 9 PM

October 28: 10 – 5 PM

October 29: 12 – 5 PM

October 30: 12 – 5 PM