This work was selected by Molly Killingbeck (Class of 2020), who explains: “Similarly to the artist, I come from a family of makers, and I have found that my design aesthetic is heavily influenced by the taste of those who raised me. Janice Redman shares that her works are made from domestic objects that she has an intimate connection with. According to the artist, these objects are typically everyday items and materials that she became familiar with while growing up with influences from her seamstress mother, tinkering father, and additional family members that worked in wool mills and the steel industry. I was drawn to Redman’s work because I find comfort in the idea that there is a personal story behind every aspect of the artwork. You can tell each step of her creative process is intentional, but not obvious. To me, it is really moving to take something you know and alter it enough to appear as a memory might in its physical form.”
The Vault, which also houses some of the works from our permanent collection, is dedicated to featuring and displaying works chosen by MSU students who work at the museum. Each month, one of our student gallery guides selects a piece from our collection and writes a short text explaining why they chose it and believe it should be displayed. By providing our gallery guides with an opportunity to participate in the curatorial process of selection and display, we aim to open a dialogue with the student community while simultaneously sharing with the public works from the collection that would otherwise remain in storage.