Textile artist Arianne King Comer featured in Rosa Parks Museum exhibit

Posted: Tuesday, 24 January 2012

MONTGOMERY—The work of textile artist Arianne King Comer will be featured in an exhibit at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum starting Feb. 1.

Based in Charleston, S.C., King Comer specializes in the traditional techniques of indigo dyeing and batik. Her work depicts her Gullah ancestry, along with images of the Caribbean and the southern coastal United States rendered in vibrant colors and patterns.

The exhibit "My Spirit Speaks" will be on display in the museum's exhibit hall through the end of March.

King Comer will discuss her work during a gallery talk at the museum on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., and will then present a demonstration of batik art at the Cleveland Avenue YMCA starting at 2 p.m. Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

King Comer has been an Artist in Residence on the Old Navy Base in North Charleston since 2006. She is a BFA graduate of Howard University and in 1992 received a UN/USIS grant to study under renowned Batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo Nigeria.

In 2007, King Comer joined the Charleston Rhizome Collective to conduct a textile workshop in batik and indigo at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. She also spent time in Istanbul, Turkey, where she designed boutique denim wear for Mavi Jeans.

In 1999, she was featured in the PBS documentary, "Messengers of the Spirit," and in 2003 was featured in an Indigo Art segment on HGTV's "Country Style," which is still in syndication.

The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on this exhibit or other upcoming events, contact curator Viola Moten at 334-241-8701 or vmoten@troy.edu