Lost in Fiber | art + materials + spaces

Lost in Fiber | materials + process + spaces

Early Morning at Linari

Posted on: Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Given that my husband Ludmil and I have not been able to travel to Italy yet this summer due to our pregnancy with twins, I have been revisting archived photos of our early morning walks around Linari's fields and hillsides.

It is truly remarkable how industrious the spiders and insects are at dawn as they weave, knit, and drape the most elaborate canopies over the dew-laced vegetation.

The microcosmic seems to take precedence over the sweeping views of familiar hillsides. I like this other lense with which to process the classic Tuscan landscape. It speaks more to the craft and sustenance of place rather than to the painterly, light soaked scenes we often associate with this part of Italy.

Prehistoric Fish Found in Central Park

Posted on: Thursday, May 24, 2007

A week or so ago my Iranian artist friend, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, visited New York City and several other US cities on an official invite for a sponsored exhibition that he was having in Washington, D.C. I met him on a bright, sunny morning in the northern woods of Central Park where he was carving several of his 'prehistoric' river art fishes. Dr. Nadalian has a long tradition of submerging his carved rocks in rivers and bodies of water where they might forever add to the spirit and environmental protection of the place. The artist also views the fish symbol as being emblematic of the human soul.

Amazingly, before tossing one of his carved rocks into a pool below a rushing waterfall, a local turtle made an appearance adjacent to the rock that was soon to be submerged. A sign perhaps that the native species of an urban park approve of this new addition to their habitat?

For more information on Dr. Nadalian's river art projects visit his website.

Connectivity and Crafting Residency

Posted on: Monday, May 14, 2007

Landviews.org is a wonderful online journal and dedicated network of artists, architects, designers, and ecologists working in and for the landscape. They are currently featuring my article, Returning to and from THE LAND: Connectivity and Crafting Residency, a follow up to my September 2006 artist residency in rural New Mexico.

Knit Knit 7 | Lacemaking & Placemaking

Posted on: Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Knit Knit, the biannual publication dedicated to the intersection of traditional handcraft and contemporary art, now has Issue 7 available online and in select museum, knitting, and book shops. The format of this latest edition is a newspaper - a leaflet manifesto of sorts. There is a great line up of articles and work by folks like Trevor Pitt, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Liz Collins, Allison Smith, Emily Drury, Danica Maier, Cat Mazza, Elizabeth O'Donnell, and Veronica Wiman. I have an article in Issue 7 called, 'Lacemaking and Placemaking', in conjunction with the current exhibit, 'Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting' at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.

On Ice Exhibition | Field Report

Posted on: Monday, January 22, 2007

I am currently participating in a group show called "On Ice" at the Williams Center Art Gallery at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. The exhibit, which runs from early January through February 11, 2007, was curated by the multimedia artist Kathy Bruce. What I love about this show is the selfless, warm synergy between artists and scientists. Some of the pieces employ ice as a medium, while others examine its fragility, resiliency, and its role as a harbinger of environmental instability.

Stacy Levy's "Ice Clock" is a constant reminder of the passage of time, the race for global solutions, and the impact of our often land-locked decisions on the both immediate future and our long-range view.

Buzz Spector's, "Freeze Freud" (2001), a dye infusion POLAROID print, penetrates the layers of the psyche and humanity's permafrost-stasis and goads us into considering how long our sentiments and possessions can be archived and stored.

Not pictured in this report is the remarkable Ice Cello performance video by Joan Jeanrenaud, Tara O'Brien's ice book, "Natural Elements", and Marshall Reese's political commentary, time-lapse video called, "The State of Things", in which the word democracy is sculpted and then melts, cracks, and slowly dissolves before the viewer's gaze. Many wonderful artists, writers, book makers, photographers, and scientists contributed to this exhibition effort. Kathy Bruce, the curator, and Michiko Okaya, the gallery director, have really set up an (ice) flow of related activities and lectures as well.

On Monday, January 29 at 8pm, the ornithologist Dr. George Divorsky of The University of Alaska at Fairbanks will speak at Lafayette College on "Watching the Arctic Melt Away: Three Decades of Change from a Warming Globe".

Crocheted Snow 03, fiber, ice, and vegetation, Abigail Doan (2006)

Go to The Williams Center Art Gallery website for more information:

All of the above images were taken by Abigail Doan

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