...sometimes I do not make birds...
Sometimes there are cats and dogs on my workspace...
Sometimes there are other animals and creatures...
These are those times I go out of my comfort zone of making birds and enjoy the incredible variety and patterns of the animal kingdom.
Needle felted Nautilus from the last year in the picture.
And I have a list of other animals scheduled on my work callendar for the coming month.
E V A - @modernmacrame ‘s post yesterday inspired me to post my original fiber art #inspiration (thank you MM!)
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Eva Hesse’s life + work was my instigation into the world of structural fiber art - her ethereal but sculptural work captivated me from first sight
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I remember the first moment I saw Hesse’s work - the sight + freedom of her work allowed my young shy self to validate my growing interest in the exploration of fibers and how they hang, how the can be transformed, + how you can capture a feeling in fibers.
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Her minimal + strategic fiber choices + placements speaks to the resourceful call of our hands + minds, + the whim + curiosity of our hearts
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|| Eva Hesse ||
Oil on canvas
2017 *currently on view at @conduitgallery
As part of my solo show, Avet which runs through Feb 17th.
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist, Maja Ruznic. Her recent paintings and fabric sculptures are a search for lost cousins, forgotten uncles and unknown fathers. This will be the second exhibition at Conduit Gallery for Ruznic.
Avet, the Bosnian word for apparition or ghost, is a reference to Ruznic’s creative process of pulling her characters out of nothingness. Ruznic’s first exhibition at Conduit Gallery (2014) populated the Project Room space with figurative works on paper; the figures seemingly pulled out of washy pools of ink. Artificially long features and limbs wrapped and coiled around the subjects at times deeming the figure almost borderless.
Working now with oil on canvas, Ruznic’s latest pictures verge on total abstraction, yet upon inspection, figures emerge, seemingly wandering through unnamed landscapes. Ruznic describes the process of composing each image as conjuring a memory and the redeeming of essential details as she paints with “the drunken hand”, an intuitive impluse that knows something the artist may not. This looseness of intention allows Ruznic to start with the lightest of stains on canvas or the manipulation of small fabric scraps until a face feels familiar. Applying thin layers of oil pigment onto the canvas with soft bristled make-up brushes allows Ruznic to leave the weave of the canvas exposed, displaying its organic nature and allowing for a sense of breath from the substrate.
As Ruznic’s figures emerge, they are perhaps asking the viewer to be held, to be helped. An empathy which can bridge the gap between the polarity and extremes of today’s political turmoil. Ruznic states, “Painting and stitching allow me to sift through my ideas about who they might have been. I make them up as I go, wiping and staining the surface of the canvas until a face feels familiar. The scraps of fabric make up entire little individuals who dance to help me remember.”
I’m super excited about how these little guys turned out! Even more excited to be showing with the incredible Kim Bissett! Installation for our show, ‘Walking it Down’ was a success! #weaving#fibersculpture#fiberart
Excited to be part of the exhibition Arsenal, opening tomorrow at @artlitlab in Madison, WI! Curated by @ericachess , this is going to be a powerful show with work from 11 women artists. Gallery hours from 11 am - 3 pm this Saturday, or join us on 1/13 from 7-10 pm for the opening reception! 📷 @ericachess