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Greatest Love

Hudson Valley MOCA is pleased to announce Anne Samat’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Greatest Love. The exhibition will be on view May 9–September 8, 2019.

“It’s like dancing,” says Anne Samat, as she weaves colorful rope into mesmeric patterns. In her new body of iconic wall hangings, these handmade cords cascade from armatures of radiating garden rakes. Found objects abound, simultaneously cultural, formal and figurative. A pair of plastic funnels double as breasts, forks and spoons serve as a warp, and cassette tapes hang from chain-like 80s-era neckpieces. These 99¢ store finds and cultural markers blend seamlessly with the intricate fiber work Samat studied at the Mara Institute of Technology, in Malaysia. The pieces embody a true story—her story—each sculpture a totem to a different family member, starting with Samat’s mother and working down three generations to her first nephew.

The monumental centerpiece of the exhibition, Che Yah (Greatest Love), spans 7 feet tall and 10 feet wide. “The message really is love,” Samat says, “I am a citizen of the world, and all of this comes from me. I can’t speak to other peoples’ experiences, but maybe they can find their own truth in the work.”

On her first exhibition in the United States, Samat adds, “All my works are metaphors for the country of Malaysia, a blend of tradition with modernization, pairing and preserving the old with the new. I am ecstatic to be living my dream in the moment. New York and Hudson Valley MOCA is my new fertile playground.”

The textile-infused sculptures are crescendos of color, texture and scale shifts. They were made during the three month long Hudson Valley MOCA Residency Program, which awards international artists live work space in Peekskill. “The Hudson Valley has inspired artists for centuries, and we are so happy to have hosted Anne here,” says Executive Director Effie Phillips-Staley, “She has an extraordinary ability to breathe life into everyday materials. The sense of touch in her work is dazzling.”

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Date

May 09 - Sep 08, 2019

Contact

info@hudsonvalleymoca.org

Photos

Installation view of Greatest Love

Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill

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Installation view of Greatest Love

Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill

Artworks

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Che Yah: The Greatest Love

Along: Emblem of the Family

Ocu: Family Warrior

Family Lineage 1 and 2

Family Lineage 1

Family Lineage 2

Zaafarani: Grandson

Inara: Grand Granddaughter

Anne Samat > <

Che Yah: The Greatest Love

Along: Emblem of the Family

Ocu: Family Warrior

Family Lineage 1 and 2

Family Lineage 1

Family Lineage 2

Zaafarani: Grandson

Inara: Grand Granddaughter

Artists

Anne Samat

Malacca