#MeToo: NC artist provides commentary in Raleigh, critiques social media

Jeana Eve Klein ‘s “#unfriendmeifyoustillsupporthim” at Artspace. Mike Williams

Jeana Eve Klein has spent hundreds of hours this summer bent over her sewing machine, surrounded by mounds of scrap fabric and cut-out letters.

Related: See what’s happening during the First Friday Art Walk

For the past month, she has been working on an installation called “#unfriendmeifyoustillsupporthim,” which she calls her most “personal and vulnerable work.” It’s made up of soft sculptures and a series of tapestries, both providing commentary on two social movements.

Klein, a working artist and associate professor of fibers at Appalachian State in Boone, is in Raleigh this summer as the PNC Pop In Artist in Residence at Artspace in downtown.

As she has been constructing her piece, her workspace has faced the apartment where she lived in the ‘90s while studying design at N.C. State, when her hope of becoming a professional artist was just beginning to blossom.

“Full circle,” said Klein, now 43.

The work will be on display in Artspace’s Upfront Gallery & Lobby beginning Aug. 3 for the First Friday Art Walk and throughout the entire month.

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Jeana Eve Klein created several #MeToo soft sculptures that are lying on the floor in a pile. During First Friday, visitors can help stuff the pieces with recycled fabric. At the end of the exhibition, Klein will give the sculptures away. // Photo by Mike Williams

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What: Opening reception for “#unfriendmeifyoustillsupporthim” by Jeana Eve Klein

When: Aug. 3, 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through Aug. 25

Where: Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh

What: Artist Talk with Jeana Eve Klein

When: Aug. 4, 12 p.m.

Where: Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh

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