Artist: Caryn Aasness
Exhibition: Bonham, Jones, Page
Media: Fiber & Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: levelyellowproblemchild

About the Artist

Caryn Aasness is a Fiber BFA undergraduate in her last year at CSULB. Caryn says once she graduates from the college she would like to attend a graduate school to further her studies. She likes to work in her women studies as to make the art more relatable. Caryn also hopes to be able to one day design wallpapers and textures.

Formal/Content Analysis

In Caryn’s Exhibit she has a variety of different textiles around the gallery. Next to each of the textiles there is a piece of paper with a grid on it. In each line of the grid there is a letter. This corresponds to the a square in the textile that is in the same place as the letter. There is one textile in the middle of the back wall in the gallery has an actual message put onto the textile, it reads “To Call it Cute is to Misunderstand”.

From my conversation with Caryn she stated that she used the textile with the message on it to show people that there was a message behind her textiles and that they were not just meaningless textiles hung up on a wall. Each of the other textiles have a message hidden in the textiles themselves. To decode the message you must read the paper with the grids and letters. Each of the messages is a commentary on society with phrases that are commonly said by people that Caryn doesn’t necessarily agree with.


I really enjoyed Caryn’s exhibit because I had never seen textiles done in this fashion. I also liked the ideas that were presented in Caryn’s artwork. It was also really fun to try and figure out how to decode the little messages and figure out how they related to the textiles. I would recommend people see her exhibit if they think that textiles can’t have any meaning or require intense creativity. This exhibit might change their mind.