Based out of New York City, Spartanburg-SC native Chellis Baird (b. 1983) explores movement, dimension and fluidity in her woven paintings. Reconstructing handwoven canvases, Baird employs fabric, thread, wax, dyes, paint and wood to weave – not in the traditional sense – twisted and knotted ropes together into complex sculptural forms that often spill out over the edges of their frameworks. Inspired by Baird’s passion for color, dance, fashion and textiles, the tangled, monochromatic works featured in Tethered beckon viewers to explore their winding and intrinsically meditative compositions. The artist hopes viewers will “immerse themselves in the tactility of the human hand and spirit, with enough space to fill in and release their own emotions.” Baird received her BFA in textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and studied studio art at the Art Students League in New York City.
© 2016 Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.